Dry January 2019

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#1

Anyone doing Dry January this year?

How are you doing?


How to survive Dry January
#2

Yup, I’m doing Dry January.

I’m off on holiday on 1st February so felt like an ideal time to cut it out. I worked out that I’d drunk every day for about 2 weeks straight by the time I had my last beer on 30th December.

Not finding it too difficult at the mo as so many other people around me are doing it, but when I’m working away from home it’s harder to convince colleagues to do anything other than go to the pub.


#3

Also doing it. No appetite for it. Will be and should be an easy month.


#4

Sounds like you’re both doing well, it helps when you genuinely don’t want to drink and have likeminded people around. @Ppaul going to the pub seems to be the default thing to do when socialising and it’s really hard to get people to do other things! Hopefully you can find some decent non-alcoholic drinks when you do go


#5

Haven’t had a drop since Boxing Day 2017 so technically I’m doing it. :joy:


#6

Never mind dry January, had a dry Christmas!


#7

I’m doing RED January for Mind Charity keeping active everyday of the month!


#8

as in Run Every Day?
if so why not join us on DSED there is a thread on the forum and a spread sheet


#9

Yep as in RED January, il take a look. Thanks


#10

9 days in and is the longest ive gone without a drink in 20 years, and yes could murder a pint. not actualy doing dry jan but not drinking till ive lost some proper weight.


#11

I feel a fake, I hardly drink but have said I won’t drink in January just to show solidarity with a few others who are doing it. Im trying to do exercise every day as something a little more challenging.


#12

I love the booze - probably too much at times. A nice craft IPA or a good single malt. Anyway I cant cut down so I have to go the full cold-turkey. Not touched a drop since 2nd January. I will have a drink on 26th to celebrate my Mother’s 80th then nothing until April to then celebrate my son’s 21st. Feeling so much better for it.


#13

look forward to seeing your name on the sheet, we had a RED sheet before Doc Bong put up the DSED one , it just covers more activities


#14

I know the feeling 10 days done longest I’ve gone since I was 16. It’s difficult breaking the habit but getting there.


#15

Day 10 and going strong. Done a week once but that was only cos kids and wife forced me , just counted days down then strait back on it. This is for me now so might last bit longer.


#16

Hey - first post here and I’m glad it’s a positive one.

I moved to London 5 years ago, and since then I reckon the longest I’d been without a pint or a GnT was maybe 6-8 days, when I had the flu. So this year I did dry Jan - both to prove to myself that I’m not an alcoholic, and to see if I could kickstart some weightloss.

The report:
Week 1 - no real difference as the hangover from NYE was massive… back to work blues shaded out the desire for any drinks really.
Week 2 - 2.5lbs down, but the headaches and sweats started. Headaches lasted about 3 weeks - and it took be a good 10/12 days to realise that the lack of alcohol was the cause. The sweats were very mild - but I needed to kick up my deoderant for a while. I found it wasn’t too hard being in the pub, it was more that I just didn’t want to stay that long - which was annoying. But I did find that I chose to not go more often, and I felt dry Jan’ was taking away some of my social life a bit.
Week 3 - Headaches continued and worsened, about another 2lbs down. No improvement in sleep, if anything, I slept less. Social calendar starting to reshape (cinema, not dinner, etc.).
Week 4 - Signed up for MvF and had already had a trend of weight loss, was another pound or so down, headaches got less annoying - but generally the difficulty in not drinking or feeling like I “needed” one was much less.
Week 5 - First game with MvF - I’m another 1.3kilos down, and we won the match. A real kick start to the week, and so far I’ve just been looking forward to today (Feb 1st). Tonight I plan to get a few in (Gin and Slims - not beers now though) and am super hyped for it. But I’m worried I will have the hangover of death tomorrow. Will report back.

Key lessons learned:

  1. I dont need alcohol to engage socially
  2. The calories in alcohol are ridiculous - I have also started MyFitnessPal, so I’m much more aware of that now than before
  3. I will be only letting myself have 2 alcohol days a week in Feb and seeing how that goes to keep the good track going
  4. Beer is off the menu. GnS and Diet Cuba Libres only (or spirits on ice) from here on in.
  5. I’m probably not an alcoholic. Which is good.

Well done to all of you other lads who’ve made it - and those who’ve even longer term plans for keeping off the booze. It really is a massive factor I’ve discovered (duh!).


#17

Well done yous!! I gave it a miss but full on respect 2 ppl who gave it a go. Yous havin a drink 2nite 2 celebrate or hav yous lost the taste 4 it?


#18

Went 31/31 for January. I’m buying beer for home this week but won’t be partaking.


#19

I was dry most of January, Celebrated for my Mother’s 80th but nothing before or since. I’ve got another 3 months without booze planned.
Not missing it - I find that socially it’s easier if the people around are interesting and we have something to talk about.


#20

Whats 31/31