Halfway Thru Dry January: Such a Bore This Year.

I don’t know why I’m finding sobriety such a drag this year. I know it’s good for me and I have NOT been tempted to break my Dry Jan commitment. That said, I am finding it tedious and a bit pretentious to turn down offers of drinks because I’m “doing” Dry January (eye roll) . I cannot wait for February 1st to arrive!

Why do dry january?

Last year, which was my first Dry January, was extraordinary. Within a week, I felt so good, so much healthier, better sleep and best of all, my osteoarthritis showed major improvement without all of that alcohol-induced inflammation.

During the course of the year, I also found myself drinking much more mindfully. I’m pretty certain I consumed 50% less alcohol overall.

All around, great experience.

This year, I’m not getting the same lift from going dry. In great part, because I came into Dry January off a much lower alcohol consumption rate. The impact of going dry is not as pronounced as it was last year.

But data shows dry january is increasingly popular

Research group YouGov estimated in 2019 that one in five Americans were spending the month off the sauce.

21% of people “said that they think it’s a good idea and they plan to participate in it.” Sticking to it is the hard part for most people.

But science confirms that taking a break from booze has numerous health and other benefits.

Scroll down for more on the how, why and who of drinking less
The benefits of Dry January go beyond health and the test of willpower.
  • 88% of people saved money
  • 71% of people said they slept better during the month.
  • Others reported they lost weight and saw general health benefits.
  • Plus, how good does it feel to NOT wake up with a hangover? 
And then there’s this: Americans are drinking less wine for the first time in 25 years

Wine consumption among Americans is on the decline, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a study by alcoholic beverage analytics database IWSR, which found that Americans consumed less wine in 2019, ending the consistent rise in consumption since 1994.

The reason?

Millennials are drinking alcoholic beverage alternatives such as hard seltzers while Baby Boomers are dialing back their wine consumption for health and financial reasons.

However, spending on wine in 2019 actually increased by 1% to $38.3 billion and that’s because we’ve become more selective about what we drink. Fewer of us are opting for those cheapo $10 bottles. Instead, we’ve traded up to more expensive, better quality wines (I know I have).

It’s become trendy for Celebrities to tout their sobriety
Brad Pitt

In a recent interview, he revealed that Bradley Cooper played a big role in helping him get sober and turn his life around.

Florence Welch: four years sober as of February 2nd.

Being an extreme drinker was a huge part of my identity. Music and alcohol are sort of my first two loves. When I stopped, there was this sense that I was letting some ghost of rock history down that I just couldn’t cope anymore. It was monumental. It wasn’t like, “I want to be healthy and I need a change of pace.” It was like, “I’m going to die. I need to stop.”

Florence Welch
Model Amber Valletta Just celebrated 25 years of sobriety

Left to my own devices, I guarantee you no matter how much I love life, my family, if I take a drink or any of my drugs of choice, I’ll be dead.

Amber Valletta
Bottom Line.

Even though I am a bit bored with this year’s Dry January, I am grateful to have a widely known “approved” excuse to lay off drinking for a month. I know it will cement my ability to continue to drink mindfully in 2020 just as I was able to do in 2019.

And finally, and most importantly, big shout out to my amazing friends for being so resolutely supportive of my Dry January endeavor. Love you guys!

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