For January, I decided to abstain from the consumption of alcohol. Even though we have another week of January left, I can already report that it’s been a personally positive and socially interesting experiment and I would recommend trying a dry month, or even a week because there are some very obvious benefits. I’ll share mine below.
The most immediate physical changes I’ve noticed have included much better, sounder sleep as well as a major reduction in the acid reflux I’m afflicted with at times. I also haven’t had to deal with the dread aftermath of a hangover: dehydration, nausea, headache, etc. I’ve been able to take five to six CorePower classes a week, so I feel more toned and leaner. Mentally, I’ve avoided the guilt that often comes with hangovers. I feel way more energetic, productive, and focused. I also feel less stressed, no doubt in part because I’ve been able to attend so many CorePower yoga classes this month. The benefits are financial as well; I’ve undoubtedly saved quite a bit of money by not drinking when I go out to eat with my friends.
The only time I felt tempted to drink was during my traditional family dinner at Athenian Room with my uncle, his girlfriend, and my brother. I love having a glass or two of red wine with my go-to skirt steak and Greek fries. Don’t worry though, the salt from the meal made me puffy even without the wine! Other than that, though, I haven’t craved alcohol or found abstinence to be particularly challenging.
That being said, the outward reactions to a dry month are mixed. From friends to matches on dating apps. Some have congratulated me, some say they could never do it, some don’t understand it, and others don’t care. And really, it doesn’t matter. It’s a very individual choice and I am still the same person and my company is the same, though arguably, happier and healthier. Come February, I don’t plan to beeline it to the liquor store, but I will drink again in moderation. When I travel to Austin, Texas for a long weekend vacation, I will treat myself. That said, I do think I will drink less than I used to because the benefits are there and as I said, I haven’t missed it all that much.
Have you ever done a dry month? How was your experience? Comment below!
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