We all start January off with the best of intentions, new year, new me, blah blah blah. Well as always apart from setting myself a few slightly unrealistic resolutions, I’m taking part in Dry January. Now I’m normally pretty good at staying dry, but after a lousy first week back at work, even I’m fighting the instinct to dive head first into the wine bottle. But I will stay strong! If nothing else it might help me shift a few pounds right? So to help keep us all stay inspired, I’ve put together a few tips for surviving the dreaded Dry January.
Plan what you’re going to say to your friends. As much as they love you, those fuckers will definitely try and tempt you off the wagon. Your not drinking will unfortunately make them feel a little guilty about theirs. Practice what you’re going to say before you get into a social situation and if you’re really feeling the heat, there’s always the ‘I’m on antibiotics’ line that always works a treat.
Buy some soft drinks. Okay that may sound totally naff, but having a posh lemonade on a Saturday evening can definitely be preferable to a glass of water. So stock up on juices, squash, Diet Cokes or even make up a batch of delicious mocktails.
Remind yourself why you committed? Take a few minutes to remind yourself of the reasons you decided to cut back in the first place. This will probably help inspire you to put that bottle of prosecco back in the cupboard where it belongs.
Avoid situations filled with drunk people. This may be your first time heading out sober, I warn you… it isn’t going to be pretty! Drunk people are seriously annoying. It will probably make you question just how annoying you are on a night out. For those of you who know me… keep your opinions on my drunken antics to yourself thanks very much ;).
Remember you WILL feel better for it. Just one week in and I already feel fresher, healthier and I’ve even been sleeping better.
And it wont just be you that feels great. Yep, there’s a very good chance your bank account will be thanking you for this new change.
Finally, be careful. When the 1st of February does roll around, just remember that your tolerance will have gone down dramatically. So unless you want a first class ticket on the hangover express, take it easy! Alternate your drinks with water as let’s face it, you’ll be pretty used to drinking it by then.