Succeeding at Dry January


What’s it about – I offer up some methods in which to succeed at Dry January and give up alcohol for the month.
Review – I look at six different points that should be considered if you are going to partake in Dry January from activities, support, education and alternatives to drinking alcohol.

As the new year begins, many people embark on a health and wellness journey by participating in initiatives like “Dry January.” This annual tradition has been growing in popularity and essentially challenges people to give up alcohol for the entire month, promoting physical and mental well-being.

While the prospect of a booze-free month may seem daunting for some, with a bit of planning and the right mindset, anyone can successfully navigate the challenges of Dry January. MyDryBar is also here to help so here are some tips to help you not only survive but thrive during this alcohol-free month.

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1 – Set Clear Goals

Start by defining your reasons for participating in Dry January. Whether it’s to improve your health, break a habit, or save money, having clear goals will keep you motivated throughout the month. Write down your objectives and revisit them whenever you feel tempted to indulge in a drink; I once wrote them in marker on the fridge door which helped.

2 – Find Support

Share your Dry January journey with friends, family, or colleagues who can offer encouragement and understanding. Having a support system can make a significant difference, as you’ll be less likely to feel isolated in your decision. Consider joining online communities or local groups where participants share their experiences, challenges, and successes. 

3 – Explore Alcohol-free alternatives

Ok well, I am going to be biased here as this is the reason why MyDryBar exists … to review all those non-alcoholic alternatives. Nowadays you don’t need to stick to an overly sweet soft drink, there are plenty of tasty, alcohol-free options that can help with any cravings over January. I’ve now reviewed hundreds of non-alcoholic drinks so you can discover the best, simply head over to my alcohol-free drink selector and find your perfect alternative. 

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4 – Plan social activities

Socializing without alcohol might seem challenging, but it’s entirely possible. A few months back I went to a comedy gig (run by SoberIsFun) that was entirely alcohol-free, ok sure, the vibe was different but the event was still fun. Of course planning activities that don’t revolve around drinking, such as movie nights, hiking, fitness classes etc. will also help. If you do find yourself in situations where alcohol is present, be prepared with a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice to avoid feeling left out. I’ve also just come across We Love Lucid which is an alcohol-free travel company.

5 – Focus on self-care

Use the extra time and energy you would have spent on drinking to prioritize self-care. Engage in activities that promote relaxation and well-being. I got into yoga this year (been great for my back pain) so can recommend that or try meditation and some people zone out when running. Essentially taking care of your mental and physical health will not only distract you from cravings but also enhance your overall sense of well-being.

6 – Educate yourself

One of the most powerful ways to give up alcohol is to learn about the health benefits of abstaining from alcohol in the first place. Understanding how a month without drinking can positively impact your sleep, mood, and overall health (as well saving cash) can serve as a powerful motivator. Equip yourself with knowledge to reinforce your commitment and make informed choices about your well-being.

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Making dry January work

At the end of the day embarking on Dry January can be a transformative experience, offering a fresh start to the new year and setting the stage for healthier habits.

By setting clear goals, finding support, exploring alternatives, planning social activities, focusing on self-care, tracking your progress, and educating yourself, you can successfully navigate this alcohol-free month and reap the rewards of improved physical and mental well-being. Remember, Dry January is not just about abstaining from alcohol but about embracing a healthier, more mindful lifestyle.

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Good luck.