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I am currently doing Dry January and wondered if anyone else is or if you have managed it previously?
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    • Cheers on toast 5th January 2022 at 8:32 am

      You may (or may not 😂) find this useful :

      https://community.restless.co.uk/forums/topic/dry-ish-january/

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    • Deleted User 5th January 2022 at 8:43 am

      Hi Cheers on toast (love the name) many thanks for the link.

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    • Deleted User 5th January 2022 at 5:51 pm

      Linpap there is so many conflicting views on this topic. Like any topic most of us pick through replies to read what we want to believe in and disregard the rest.

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    • kernowboy2 5th January 2022 at 11:46 pm

      I managed dry July last year

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    • Utterly bemused 6th January 2022 at 12:39 am

      I’m sat here reading this with a glass of scotch in my hand so dry January is a non-starter for meI’m afraid ☹️

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      • Deleted User 8th January 2022 at 9:10 am

        Hi Utterly bemused. After a day out with friends I do not have any memory of how I got home. I could say that I was not the one tipping up my glass but I could of just said no! Since having to give up my business due to surgery I have slowly increased my level of alcohol and have ignored all advice. This has been a wake up call so hence dry January. I wish I could just cut back but I know that’s not possible. Enjoy your scotch. I’m not against anyone drinking. Have a lovely weekend.

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        • Utterly bemused 8th January 2022 at 11:18 am

          No offence taken. I am an occasional drinker, bottle of wine maybe once a month and a drop of whiskey every now and then. On the odd occasion that I do over indulge I know about it the day after so am pretty aware of my intake. Hope the dry January is going well.

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        • Deleted User 8th January 2022 at 11:24 am

          It started off better than I thought but I’m starting to find it difficult. I have the support from my partner but when he is at work I just think I could have a sneaky one but that’s taking me backwards and there is no point going there and also I would just be cheating myself. Just need to move forward and thanks.

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        • Utterly bemused 8th January 2022 at 11:27 am

          Stick with it – give it just a few more days and you will start to feel so much better

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    • John L 8th January 2022 at 8:04 am

      Hello and good luck with January 🙌

      I once did seven months dry as I had two jobs, one being in a nightclub, seeing 2 thousand people pour out each night helped.

      But mainly just too tired with a 80 hour working week 😴

      Now a lot older and decided last September to do the month dry.

      Have now done every other month dry since then 🙌

      So dry January is just another alternative month on my calendar. Plan is to just keep switching each month.

      I do enjoy the drinking months, but don’t go overboard, honest 😎

      Look forward to the 🍻 free months too. Go the cinema more, walk more …..

      Cheers (oops) to all trying it.

      John L

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      • Deleted User 8th January 2022 at 9:13 am

        Morning. Many thanks for taking the time to reply. I’m hoping that I shall continue after dry January as my units have dramatically increased over the last year. I’m not one who is able to have one or two glasses.

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    • Nigelartist 8th January 2022 at 8:20 am

      I did Sober October, no problem. Also, doing Dry Jan now. Best wishes guys to fellow abstainers!

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    • william6850 8th January 2022 at 9:01 am

      done them beore but tend do it oct for another reason
      i didi the part time dry month as well
      treat yourself and still go out
      even i your not drinking
      good luck

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    • Trampus 8th January 2022 at 9:26 am

      I’m all for these people that do dry January or whatever month. It helps to cut consumption down. I have never been a “heavy” drinker but did enjoy a night out etc and sometimes drank more than what was good for me. These days my consumption is limited to a glass of red on a Friday and a Saturday night, and I mean a glass. Just don’t want it anymore and now prefer quality over quantity. Probably age has something to do with it. However, the less you drink the better it is for you, so good luck to all those doing “Dry January”.

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    • JMH 8th January 2022 at 9:48 am

      I did last year – at the end of the month my stomach was no flatter and my weight no less, so I can only hope that my liver benefited – however, I do rather believe that ‘a day without wine is a day without sunshine’ and I enjoy the odd cocktail, – so life is too short is my attitude this year.

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      • Deleted User 8th January 2022 at 10:22 am

        JHM I must admit I was hoping for some changes but nothing yet. No nice glowing skin, energy and blissful sleep. Maybe as its only early days it is to early on.

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        • JMH 8th January 2022 at 10:27 am

          No, none of the above last year either! Fortunately, I have dogs to walk, so energy levels regardless, I have to drag the body out – I’m convinced of the benefits of dog-walking at least ….

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        • Deleted User 8th January 2022 at 10:35 am

          Lol I have two young dogs and do manage to get them out three times a day and have to push myself to do my step target everyday. Although I have found that when I am doing my ironing my step count goes up! I’m also fed up with all this rain

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        • JMH 8th January 2022 at 10:41 am

          Once again, exactly the same experiences. We moved back from Spain just before Brexit (again because we could see there’d be problems caused by travelling with the dogs between here and Spain) and chose to live in Thanet, but even on this drier east coast, we’ve seen so much rain already this winter … but there’s always the pub … you can see, I’m just not really the type for a dry as in alcohol-free January – but good luck, you will feel ever more virtuous and superior as the January days pass …

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        • Deleted User 8th January 2022 at 10:46 am

          Lol I don’t think I could ever be either of those. But thanks 😊

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    • Noney 8th January 2022 at 10:09 am

      We embark upon a pretty radical detox each January. We started about twelve years ago based upon the Carol Vordeman detox. Our lifestyle in the Christmas period was such that by the time New Years Day came our minds and guts were crying out for a radical change! Not only do we cut out alcohol but also caffeine, wheat, dairy, meat, sugar, processed foods, basically everything we love!

      We actually look forward to this but then we hibernate and don’t socialise in January. Also, vegan recipes are plentiful and delicious these days so the food is yummy (other than tofu!). We love wine but we don’t miss it at all.

      Generally we lose between 11lbs to a stone in weight too – we’re not massive to begin with but certainly carrying Christmas excess. That was a welcome side effect but once we get over caffeine withdrawal we feel so much better. More energy and sleeping better. It’s not for everyone, friends mock us but the February retox is great fun albeit we vow to reduce our alcohol intake which generally lasts until the warmer weather when the rose is opened! Good luck.

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      • Deleted User 8th January 2022 at 10:20 am

        Noney I take my hat off to you and your partner. I don’t think I could detox like that. Due to a medical problem I have been a vegetarian and have been for 37 years but I could not manage vegan or maybe I could???

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    • Cheers on toast 8th January 2022 at 10:29 am

      I’ve never been one for these faddy things but have decided to cut down anyway. I’ve always had the discipline of not drinking on nights between work times so it was unlikely to ever become more than a habit.

      I would in the past have had the mind set of – great works finished for the week, I’m going out simply for that reason.

      I have had other priorities just lately and it’s made me question a lot of things, I liken it to a computer having a reboot and all the things that were running in the background being closed down and a restart with a fresh look at what is actually needed and what’s just tootling along in the background.

      New Years Eve i had 1 cider and didn’t have another drink till last night when i had a bottle of wine with a meal , but when i say bottle i mean a 187ml bottle, those small ones you get in supermarkets, a good tip as when opening a normal sized bottle it sits there asking to be drunk..

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    • Janmay 8th January 2022 at 10:47 am

      I have done dry January before and I did lose weight and I read somewhere that it takes 3 weeks for your face to recover from previous alcohol damage. I have also done dry November. Generally I have to say I feel healthier and due to the recent pandemic etc I am much ore aware of how important it is to keep your body healthy. There are also some alcohol free gins and wines available now if it’s the habit of a nightly glass that is the problem. Also when I go to a good restaurant or pub they serve Kombuchas ( lemon and ginger is my favourite) so you still feel part of the party to have a drink in a nice glass. I do hope your month progresses well for you. I have a friend who struggles with just one and she is desperately trying to kick the habit. Good luck!

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    • Pól 10th January 2022 at 4:07 pm

      I do dry at home, in the same way as I’m veggy at home. I just don’t bring meat or booze into the house but if it happens elsewhere, fine by me 🙂

      I’ll gladly meet with friends at a pub. Seeing so many traditional old pubs closing down breaks my heart so l’lI try to support them whenever I can. I’ve never been a regular pub goer however.

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    • davidvcox 10th January 2022 at 6:26 pm

      Hi I did it last year and am trying to do it again in 2022. I slipped once last year (7 Jan) but didn’t give up and found it got easier. I didn’t notice all or even many of the benefits claimed but was very pleased with my self come February as this was the longest time in my life without a drink since I was about 20 (67 now)
      A good app for the rest of the year is drink free days and I try to get 4 drink free days a week now
      Good luck and stick with it even if you slip up on the odd occasion

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      • Deleted User 10th January 2022 at 7:00 pm

        Hi David many thanks for that sound advice. I’m hoping that I will continue beyond January but will see how things go. I have also not found any real benefits so far albeit others say they have. I wish I had your resolve to get 4 drink days free. Sadly it seems I am an all or nothing person.

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    • Frances01 10th January 2022 at 6:30 pm

      giving it a go.. and saving money.. lol.. but miss the evening tipple.. but being good.. kept the deal so far, so good.. don’t indulge that much so no hardship..

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      • Deleted User 10th January 2022 at 7:03 pm

        Hi Frances it’s definitely saving me money but my face has come out in a load of horrid blemishes today so I can’t say that I’m glowing as a result of it. 🤣

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    • Frances01 10th January 2022 at 9:02 pm

      well I don’t usually drink much.. like cold drinks.. and it keeps me out of trouble..lol party days are over..

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