My name's Olivia and I suck at Dry January. I mean, the whole thing started badly circa January 3rd when I forgot I should have been dry so had to delay my start. And the panic-binge of cheap red wine on BA to No1 Bootcamp in Marrakech should really have been a sign of things to come. Things being a decidedly (at least) damp January. And come being precisely now.
While a war has been declared on sugar, no such pressure is being put on alcohol. The voices in favour of minimum pricing, which has been rejected by the UK government, largely belong to health groups, the equivalent of the friend who doesn't drink - you respect their views and they are probably right, but you're having too much fun drinking to listen.
Given that January has a whopping four more weekends to survive, booze free, however, it's not always as easy as it sounds. Here's some tips to help you get through - they might seem obvious, but when all of your friends are hammered, having the best time *ever*, you'll take what you can get to shake off your FOMO and succeed.
Fast forward to January 2015 and once again I decided to give Dry January a go, remembering all the positive feelings felt a year earlier. This time I remembered how I fell off the wagon in mid-February so secretly planned to try for a year. It has now been 24 months and I have no intentions to drink alcohol again.
It is hard to contemplate never drinking again. I always tell people that I am getting back on the gin and tonic again when I am 80. Many of us are not physically addicted, but habitually using, and used to drinking. So it must be possible to moderate. Lots of people do. But just like the planning you did to take a month off, you need to plan your moderation.