January is a return to normality and for many of us, an acknowledgement that now we have overindulged and must rein it in. Nowhere is that extra obvious than in what we eat and drink – a latest survey revealed that almost all of Brits set new yr’s resolutions and the vast majority of these relate to consuming higher, exercising extra (to make up for what we ate in December, presumably) and slicing out alcohol, as a result of after Christmas it’s not cool to begin on the Baileys at 11am.
However oh, it’s onerous to come back stumbling out of the nice and cozy hug of Christmas into the soulless chilly shoulder of January. However wants should, and – wanting on the intense facet – in the event you’ve overindulged at Christmas, January is the proper time to reset, as boring as that appears. Alcohol is likely one of the major issues we need to reduce on, and doing Dry January is an efficient place to begin – one month, no booze. So simple as that.
Though anybody who has tried it after consuming closely all through December (and certainly, perhaps all through the remainder of the yr too) will attest to the way it’s actually not that easy. However Alcohol Change UK, which runs Dry January, studies that 88% of people that do it get monetary savings, 67% have extra vitality, and 58% drop some pounds, so it’s most undoubtedly value it.
Get some sober help
As with all new behavior, just a little help can go a great distance. In case your mates aren’t keen on slicing out booze for a month, you’re most likely not going to get a lot help from them. That’s to not say that your mates aren’t good, supportive folks – I’m positive they’re (as a result of in any other case, they wouldn’t be your pals, proper?), however the people who find themselves greatest positioned to assist get you thru it are the people who find themselves additionally doing it. Discover likeminded guys over on the MAN v FAT Forum, or there’s a myriad of Facebook groups you possibly can be a part of. For Dry January and past, Reddit’s Stop Drinking subreddit is a treasure trove of success tales, ideas and help.
Make small modifications
If alcohol is an integral a part of your life, because it so typically is for therefore many people, you have to discover methods of incorporating your newfound sobriety as a substitute. In case your default place to see your pals is within the pub, are you able to do one thing else as a substitute? It’s a cliche to counsel this, however in the event you can persuade them to catch up over a espresso or if you’ll find one thing energetic to do collectively, it takes away the temptation of drink and you may nonetheless socialise. Though you may get laughed at for suggesting it within the first place, going for a stroll is the proper factor to do whereas speaking.
Embrace the non-alcoholic choices
In the event you’re used to socialising on the pub and really feel which you could’t get away from that, that’s okay – pubs are a helpful assembly place and we’re not suggesting that you simply turn into a hermit with the intention to stick with being booze-free. Stick with mushy drinks or see in case your native has any alcohol-free beers or ciders. Firms are catching on to the actual fact that there’s a enormous rise within the quantity of people that don’t drink – there are a great deal of first rate alcohol-free beers, and Wetherspoons, if that’s your native of selection, promote a wide range of non-alcoholic beers and ciders in addition to mushy drinks, tea and occasional. SteadyDrinker lately compiled an article for us about one of the best low-alcohol, low-calorie beers, which you’ll find here.
There are at all times going to be individuals who don’t help your resolution to ditch the drink. It’s a little bit of a thriller when what you’re consuming doesn’t have an effect on them, however nonetheless – unsupportive folks exist and also you may encounter a little bit of resistance to your resolution. It may not be apparent and can most likely take the guise of little digs right here and there (“Barry received’t get the pints in as a result of he’s teetotal!!”), however rise above it. You’re not doing this to please anybody, you’re doing it for you – on your well being, your waistline and your pockets. In the event you’re feeling your self wavering within the face of peer stress, keep in mind that no is a superbly legitimate reply. No, I don’t need a beer. No, I’ll have a Coke as a substitute. They’ll quickly get the concept.
Pretend it til you make it
In the event you’re actually struggling due to peer stress and don’t really feel robust sufficient to face as much as it, that’s okay – it’s a troublesome factor to resist and to try to change the established order. Supply to drive, say you’re on antibiotics or make it your flip to get the drinks in (may get a bit costly, this one, however non-alcoholic beer appears the identical as precise beer, so nobody will know). Alcohol Change has a couple of ideas for alcohol refusal methods on their weblog here.
As with something, the extra you embrace the sober lifestyle, the extra doubtless you might be to keep it up. We’re huge followers of the ebook This Naked Mind, which is all about controlling your consumption and altering your life (if it feels like hippy nonsense, don’t fear, it’s not) and their podcast which tackles frequent issues those that go sober face, like how do you overcome your social anxiousness with out alcohol? MAN v FAT founder Andrew was featured in one of the podcasts too, speaking about his unhealthy relationship with meals and alcohol and the way they have been linked.
Having the ability to visualise how effectively you’re doing is a really motivational device too. Dry January has an app, which you will get extra data on here. The app is free and obtainable for Android and iOS. It permits you to report your alcohol-free streak and can let you know precisely how a lot cash you save by staying off the drink. There are plenty of other apps available, so you possibly can at all times have a reminder of how effectively you’re doing in your pocket.
Just a few web sites you need to add to your bookmarks are Steady Drinker (which options evaluations of low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers), Hip Sobriety, Club Soda and The Sobriety Collective. All of them characteristic fascinating articles about going sober in addition to recommendation and tales, so you possibly can see that regardless of what that random good friend of a good friend thinks, being teetotal will not be for squares or losers. It’s an enormous motion and other people from all walks of life are shunning the booze and reaping the advantages of waking up and not using a hangover, and there’s no purpose why you possibly can’t accomplish that too.
Are you doing Dry January, or aiming for a dry 2019? Tell us the way you’re getting on over on the forum.