Dry January – why I’m NOT taking part

With Christmas over and the New Year upon us, hundreds of people across the country are giving up the drink and embracing Dry January. In 2016 an astonishing 16% of the adult population attempted to go dry in January. That’s 1 in 6 Britons! I may not be brave enough to bin the booze but I’m keen to find out how it all started. 

Back in 2011, Emily Robinson decided to abstain from alcohol as preparation for her first half marathon in February. In doing so she managed to lose weight, sleep better and gain more energy. In addition to the health benefits, her booze free month became a hot topic. People found it interesting and wanted to know what it was like.

A year later in 2012 Emily joined Alcohol Concern, the charity behind the Dry January campaign. Once again she decided to give the hard stuff a swerve, this time gaining the interest of even more people. Folks were starting to take on board the benefits of giving your body a break from booze. This got the charity thinking. Would people be inclined to drink less after taking a break, if they experienced the benefits? With that in mind the Dry January campaign was born.

Fast forward four years to 2016. What started as a small campaign, with no marketing budget has now grown on an impressive scale. In comparison to its first year, the campaign has gained over 37,000 likes on Facebook and over 3,500 followers on Twitter. It’s fair to say that it has really taken off, so why am I not taking part?

Everyone who knows me knows that I enjoy a glass of wine. I’d be lying if I said I don’t overindulge from time to time (the evidence is here) however I would always argue that the amount of alcohol I drink is not excessive. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, it’s my time to relax and unwind. I gave up alcohol while I was pregnant, I’ve already done my time. Why would I considering doing it again? 

Well in all honesty until I sat down to write this post I didn’t know very much about Dry January. I’ve heard of it across social media but never really thought about the benefits it could have on my life. Everyone knows the negative impact drinking too much alcohol can have but we don’t seem to talk much about the positives of taking a break.

According to Health line, if you stop drinking alcohol for a month the benefits could include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Improved wakefulness
  • Weight loss
  • Improved performance at work
  • Improved concentration 
  • Lower cholesterol 
  • Lower glucose levels
  • Reduced liver fat

 If like me you still have Christmas wine waiting to be drunk, why not push it right to the back of the cupboard? Dry January may have already started but we’re only 6 days in! There’s never a bad time to give the booze a break!

Dry January

If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol please visit www.drinkaware.co.uk


Are you taking part in Dry January? Have you taken part in previous years? I’d love to hear the benefits it had for you


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10 Comments

  1. January 8, 2017 / 9:24 am

    I’m not doing dry January. Like you I consider pregnancy my dry time! I sometimes wonder if we drink too much but then it’s never excessive! I love a glass some evenings whilst I unwind x
    #KCACOLS

    • Mommyandrory
      January 8, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      I think were entitled to a glass in the evening. Parenting is hard, sometimes you need to unwind! Thanks for reading x

  2. January 9, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Very insightful. I did it once I think 4 years ago. I had to go out clubbing for my friends birthday and was wondering how it would be completely sober. I was surprised how much I was the same as if I had a few cocktails in me. I defo don’t need drink to have fun but at the same time it does help to take the edge off.
    It was defo interesting watching all the drunk people and finding it rather disgusting tho and thinking, “that’s usually me”.

    Great post.
    #KCACOLS

    • Mommyandrory
      January 10, 2017 / 11:13 am

      That’s dedication! I would have definitely caved! I have no patience for drunk people, I would have either joined them or headed home to watch corrie with a brew! Thanks for reading x

  3. January 9, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I’m not taking part this year but I wouldn’t rule out doing it one year. I enjoy my glass of wine once or twice a week and am not quite there to give it up.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
    Mainy
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    • Mommyandrory
      January 10, 2017 / 11:11 am

      I might consider it next year. I think its a great detox for after the Christmas period. Like you I enjoy the odd glass and I’m not quite ready to give up my simple pleasures! Thanks for reading! See you next week for my KCACOLS! Thanks for reading x

  4. January 10, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Pregnant all last year, breastfeeding all this (feels like it anyway), I don’t really get chance to drink! I can take it or leave it though after going T-total for a year 2yrs ago. And it gives me a banging head so that’s rather off putting too. #KCACOLS

    • Mommyandrory
      January 10, 2017 / 11:08 am

      I really missed been able to have a drink while I was pregnant. I think it was because I knew I couldn’t. I wouldn’t have been able to go that long had I not been pregnant. It’s great that your not fussed about it, especially if it gives you headache! Thanks for reading x

  5. January 15, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I’m a bit like you! I love a glass of wine but I don’t drink to excess and yes, we totally did our time in pregnancies! I attmempted Dry Jan and got to 12 days. I’ll take it! 😉 #kcacols

    • Mommyandrory
      January 16, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Well I think 12 days is an achievement! It’s certainly longer than I could manage! Thanks for reading xx

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