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How to Survive Dry January

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. Dry January challenges you to take control of your relationship with alcohol. I never thought I would manage it but this is my third year of doing Dry January and here are some tips from my experience so far:

Tip 1: stock up on sophisticated tasting soft drinks you really like eg I like ginger beer, tonic water and kombucha. There are also great mocktail recipes out there for instance Morning Grey from The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat

Tip 2: use your prettiest glass that you normally keep for special occasions. A friend of mine drinks sparkling elderflower out of a champagne glass.

Tip 3: think about all the money you are saving

Tip 4: prepare yourself for socialising with other people who will be drinking alcohol like you normally do. Think ahead about what you are going to order instead of your normal tipple. Don’t feel jealous of your drinking friends. Take satisfaction as the evening wears on at how you can now notice their voices are slurring.

Tip 5: think about all the calories you are avoiding

Tip 6: when that “I need a drink” feeling descends, take a moment to think about why you feel you need a drink and what it is about alcohol that helps. Experiment with other ways of dealing with the feeling eg taking some deep breaths, going for a walk, picking up a good book, watching telly.

Tip 7: think about how amazed you will feel if you achieve this. You can do it. And it gets easier each year because you just remind yourself that you’ve done it before and survived.

Tip 8: for more support visit alcoholconcern.org.uk/dryjanuary and sign up for their newsletter, download their app or follow them on facebook.com/DryJanuary

Tip 9: be aware if you sleep better as this will be another incentive to consider having a Damp February…(more on this later!)


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