Going Dry for January 2020

Dry January is a public health campaign urging people to abstain from alcohol for the month of January, particularly practiced in the United Kingdom.

The campaign, as a formal entity, appears to be relatively recent, being described as having “sprung up in recent years” even in 2014.[1] However, the Finnish government had launched a campaign called “Sober January” in 1942 as part of its war effort.[2] The term “Dry January” was registered as a trademark by the charity Alcohol Concern in mid-2014;[3] the first-ever Dry January campaign by Alcohol Concern occurred in January 2013.[4] In the leadup to the January 2015 campaign, for the first time, Alcohol Concern partnered with Public Health England.[5]

In January 2014, according to Alcohol Concern, which initiated the campaign,[when?] over 17,000 Britons stopped drinking for that month.[6] While there is controversy as to the efficacy and benefits of the practice, a 2014 survey by the University of Sussex found that six months following January 2014, out of 900 surveyed participants in the custom, 72% had “kept harmful drinking episodes down” and 4% were still not drinking.[7]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_January

New year, new you. Sound familiar?

The gyms are packed, diet routines are put in place and the purging of useless habits begins. This is what a typical January looks like. For January 2020, I want to challenge you from the norm and step outside your vodka infused comfort zone. Take a walk on the wild side and start January 2020 sans alcohol. That’s right––sober.

With mental health and wellness is at the forefront of society, sobriety has taken a backseat. Today it is the norm to take yoga classes, meditation classes, and self-development workshops, yet most people disregard the substances that we put in our body and how they affect our mental and physical health. Alcohol is essentially poison, yet it’s marketed and packaged to be this sexy, viable tool to deal with every situation life brings––the good the bad the ugly, alcohol is the answer.

I found myself drinking on all occasions. I needed alcohol to have a good time, to drown my sorrows or to be the bubbly outgoing person I always wanted to be. The list goes on.

It’s a rebellious act to not drink and be sober, but it doesn’t have to be. In my journey to sobriety, the pros have definitely outweighed the cons. Sobriety has proven to be the ultimate form of self-care and wellness.

Here are five reasons you should be sober for January 2020.

You’ll be more rested.

You may think you need that Lil’ nightcap to help you drift off, but in reality, you end up in the less restful, REM state (Rapid Eye Movement, not the band). Being in this sleep state leaves you tired in the morning, no matter how long you have slept for.

Cutting out alcohol and going to bed sober increases the time you have in the deep sleep zone. When you’re sober, your body is restored and your mind refreshed. Your brain is able to operate at its proper speed. Your body has the chance to properly restore its muscles, and you start dreaming again.

Ultimately you will be more rested and ready to rock and roll.

You’ll look better.

Turning down the hooch does a body good. Alcohol dehydrates your body and promotes inflammation. Not drinking helps your skin recover and your body can absorb more vitamin A, increasing cell turnover and keeps your skin looking healthier and younger.

Alcohol is a poison, plugging numerous toxins into your system. When you’re sober, your skin naturally becomes healthier. When I was drinking, the skin on my face was very dehydrated and had a reddish tint.

Within a month of getting sober, I noticed huge changes in my appearance. My skin began to look healthy and vibrant, simply by not drinking. Alcohol really takes a toll on your liver and kidneys. By giving your body a break this month and staying sober, you will be glowing from the inside out.

Removing alcohol from the equation will also improve your physical health, which will make you feel better mentally as well. Having a clear mind and feeling good physically makes conditions, such as depression and anxiety more manageable.

Mental health issues do not go away or get better when you add alcohol into the mix. In fact, it can take a toll on your mental health and make it worse. Think: Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born.

If you have any signs of depression or have suicidal thoughts please reach out to someone you trust. There are resources such as therapists, life coaches, support groups that are there for you. You are not alone.

Do you really want to be drunk for another year?

There are so many other things to do on a weekend that don’t involve a bottle and a massive hangover the next day. Do you want to be in bed hungover, eating a greasy cheeseburger with the AC turned up to the max, while sweating out vodka or would you rather have a healthy, delicious brunch after a fantastic hike through the canyons and sliding into your new skinny jeans and cute boots while getting whiffs of your favorite perfume?

You are one decision away from a completely different life. If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol contact us for a treatment program so they don’t have to spend another year in the insanity!