My progress half-way through Dry January

It was two days before New Year’s Eve that I decided to try and complete Dry January. I’d attempted it last year and shamefully lasted no more than four days. I would love to say that I forgot or it was an accident but the truth was I’d spent the whole of a pub trip saying I’d love nothing more than a pint so when the next round of drinks came, that’s exactly what my partner gave me. How could I not drink it?

But this year’s different. I’ve made it half-way through January and I’ve had little urge to have a drink. Despite all the alcohol spread across my Christmas thanks to lovely friends and family over the festive season, I have more self-restraint than ever before.

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I am feeling fresher than ever and although I don’t plan to extend Dry January I am enjoying my alcohol-free month and going forward I will look to reduce the amount I consume.

I’m no longer a student living a lifestyle of binge drinking. The value I place on my health is more than ever before. Was I concerned about the amount of alcohol I did consume? Not quite, but I was aware that it was more than most of my family members. Dry January has reassured me that not only am I fine without alcohol, but I don’t need it to have a good time.

Sometimes it’s nice to have a drink but a pub trip isn’t less enjoyable because I’m sober. In fact, if it wasn’t for an imminent trip to Norway, my bank balance would be looking significantly better.

If you are considering cutting down in alcohol or even going sober then I’d highly recommend it. Even if it’s just for a couple of weeks, the detoxification is so liberating and it is an achievement.

Just 16 days of no alcohol and I can see huge differences. My sleeping pattern has improved. Not only do I go to bed much earlier but I wake up earlier. I find myself eating better and drinking more water. I’ve seen a reduction in headaches and migraines and I am feeling more fresh. Now, it may not all be down to alcohol, but whether it’s a placebo effect or I really am reacting positively to the lack of alcohol in my system is irrelevant.

For me, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. As someone who struggles with self-restraint I am slowly learning that I don’t need to be so impulsive. That I can do without and that if I fancy having a pint it’s okay to say no once in a while.

I’m half-way through Dry January and so far it’s all been positive.

Have you ever tried Dry January? Did you learn anything from it?

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