I thought it may be good to begin my journey with my current thoughts having signed up for Dry-January and the realisation setting in. So having signed up a couple of days ago I have been thinking about my current drinking habits – perhaps not a true reflection this week with all the festivities going on. Usually I don’t often drink Sun –Thur, occasionally I have a small glass of wine or bottle of beer but not often and then at a weekend I will often have some wine with food in the evenings. This week however seems to be awash with Christmas parties, wine and fizz. I have started making my Christmas food and drink list and the drinks section is full of things I usually enjoy (lager, wine, Prosecco) and then those just bought at Christmas (sherry and port). I am wondering next month what will be on the list…
In preparation for the month (not that it is like running a marathon or anything) I tried to enlist some fellow support – first one was my hubby who replied that it would make my blogging better if he didn’t do it…not the answer I was hoping for but thinking about it if he didn’t drink it would make me not drinking easier. Next on the list were some friends – I was thinking that if when I am socialising others around me are not drinking then it will be easier – so far takers = 0! I have roped my mum and sister into it for moral support but seeing as they live in Newcastle I am not sure how this will help.
I have just mentioned all of the above to my friend and colleague sat by my side and explained how it currently makes me seem like I need to not have alcohol around me to avoid temptation for me to be successful and after a few spurts of tea later I am seeing the light hearted side of it but also questioning what kind of a drinker am I? I am a social girl who likes having a few drinks with my friends, but also can easily have an evening in or out when I don’t fancy it.
This last couple of days has made me think back to when I was pregnant and not drinking and ask myself some questions –
- Did I have a good time when I was out and about and on Appletizer instead of wine? Yes.
- Did I miss waking up the next morning without feeling really rubbish? No (this was of course after the morning sickness stopped)
- Did I miss drinking – well sometimes, yes! When I was out having a really nice meal I missed wine or when I had a really stressful day and fancied a beer (although I cheated by having non-alcoholic beer)
This brings me onto the next thing I wanted to talk about – is non alcoholic beer / lager allowed or does that not really fit into Dry January? So the arguments for – its alcohol free. Against – shouldn’t I be trying to avoid resorting to drinking beer (albeit a substitute) when stressed etc as it is habitual. Hmm….one part of me wants to say its fine to do so but have taken the decision that dry january is to also not do the regular habits one is used to. My quest between now and January is to find some good alternative drinks, mocktails and all.