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I usually cry off doing dry January. A myriad of excuses, none of them good ones, normally stand in the way of me giving up the booze for even one month. But this year I am giving it a go. And here is why I am not drinking this January.
Doing Dry January
It actually should seem easy. I have had a ridiculously boozy December. I’ve probably drunk alcohol every day, and it has totally made me think I have an issue. It has really become a bad habit.
At the start of December I had a bit of a health scare, which should maybe have given me a chance to go on a health drive, but actually the stress and worry just sent me into a downward spiral of drinking before Christmas. And then once I had test results that reassured me I actually went into alcohol overdrive until New Years Eve. I need a break.
But there always seem to be obstacles to me starting on January 1st…
Usually, Lots Of Excuses Get In The Way
- for a start, my birthday is in January – so not drinking on my birthday? No thank you.
- in addition to this, people may buy me alcoholic gifts.
- there’s usually some booze left in the house tempting me to drink it up.
I’m lucky enough to be going back to doing the Cambridge Diet this year, so booze should be firmly off the agenda anyway. But I will admit, even though I have done the diet before, alcohol managed to sneak itself into weekends occasionally before. Yes, I’ve often tried to ‘cheat’ the diet with low-carb drinks. But not this January – I just can’t let it!
And – there are lots of reasons for giving up – even for just a month…
I’ve Realised I Can’t Tolerate It
It is a strange thing, but I’ve realised that the older I get, the less I can tolerate drinking. Even just a couple of glasses of wine and I suffer side effects such as
- sleeplessness – I wake up halfway in the night – and not just to go to the loo.
- palpitations – my heart races. This is actually a common thing too, lots of women suffer alcohol induced palpitations after alcohol. I already suffer palpitations with perimenopause, so doubly bad.
- mood swings – it makes me angry, more anxious, or far more upset. Not good for my mental health.
It really is just not worth the hassle.
It Makes Me Want To Eat
Over the Christmas period, my drinking has probably contributed to more late night calories and snacking than anything else. So cutting it out will also mean that I am far more likely to stick to my diet plans.
I Want To Live
*Mega Dramatic Music*
And yes, I probably have been watching too many TV dramas. But as I near my 50th birthday, I’ve realised I’d like to live a bit longer really. Becoming a mother has made me quite fully aware of my own mortality (thank you very much anxious brain!), and I do want to see my daughter reach a good age. An NHS over 40s health check also made me see how my health really could be affected by too many units every week.
Drinking more than I should is really not the way to increase my life expectancy.
It Will Only Be For A Month
It doesn’t have to be forever – even if I finish the month, it may help me to get more in control. I’ve already booked my belated birthday night out with the girls for February the 1st. Which gives me the whole of January with no more excuses.
I will let you know at the end of the month how doing dry January works for me. Do go onto my twitter and Instagram pages for my updates. And let me know if you too are going alcohol free for a month. Do you think you need to try too?
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