Here are some tips to successfully complete Dry January.
As the holidays are winding down, it is time to reset yourself for the new year. One popular way that people do that is by participating in Dry January, a challenge to give up alcohol consumption for one month. While this task is certainly challenging, it is achievable. Studies have shown that people who participate and successfully complete Dry January note having more energy, sleeping better and feeling better overall.
The origins of Dry January date back to 1942 when the Finnish government made the decision to reduce alcohol intake to reserve resources during WWII. The Dry January that millions partake in today was started by Alcohol Change UK officially in 2013 in efforts to raise awareness about alcohol consumption.
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According to TIME Magazine, in 2023, more than 175,000 people signed up for Dry January on the Alcohol Change UK website and 15% of adults in the U.S. pledged to participate in Dry January.
If you have decided to join in on this challenge, here are some tips to help you succeed.
Gather together a strong support group:
According to Harvard, it is always easier to complete a task when you have a group of people you love and trust in your corner supporting and cheering you on. Having a solid support group will help you stay accountable and strong if you ever feel like giving up. Perhaps you can recruit one of them to join in on the challenge with you.
Mocktails are growing in popularity, so the next time you go out with friends to a restaurant, opt for a delicious mocktail to satisfy your cravings.
Staying at home and refraining from social outings is not the healthy way to complete Dry January, doing this may actually make it harder. Instead, be social, go out and try something new that excites you! Learn to say no to those who have decided not to participate in Dry January and have a good time without the cocktail.
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If you slip up, don’t throw in the towel:
Slip ups happen, we are all human. Instead of calling it after that cheeky glass of wine or martini, try again tomorrow and keep your overall goal in mind.
There are so many apps out there that are great resources to keep you on track with your goals. One of the apps that can help specifically is the Try Dry app, created by Alcohol Change UK to keep people on track with their Dry January.