What I learned from my failed attempt at a Dry January

Updated: Jan 10

My husband and I love to party.

In Jan 2014, we attempted to go a month without booze. The plan was to close the curtains and stay home - we managed 19 days, then crumbled.

We were relying 100% on willpower and every day hoping the other would cave, so we could resume normal play and stop all this fun-monitoring behaviour.

At that time, I believed we drank too much and that it was dragging me down. I blamed my husband because he was always the last one standing. He took the blame; he didn’t suffer from guilt or self-loathing as I did.

Each month I would worry more about the effect our drinking was having on my health, our relationship and my day-to-day energy.

If you have started the year with the best intentions and crumbled at the first sign of discomfort, this is not a situation unique to you. Some may manage a few weeks, and then slowly, it creeps back in; if you give up trying and run back to how it was before, you are not alone.

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I am Claire. In 2018 I was drinking 100 units most weeks.

After watching my good friend's health decline, I decided to stop drinking to support her and to take back control myself - her situation scared me; sadly, my friend died aged 52.

Until that time, I believed so much about alcohol that I now know isn’t true. I don't need it to relax, unwind, or to have a good time; I don't need it to connect with my husband or to feel sexy in the bedroom. .

So far, with this mindset and continued personal development, I have successfully managed three years without it, and the benefits from living alcohol-free far outweigh anything I could have ever imagined.