Dry January: Reasons to keep going with the lockdown detox

With a glass half full mentality, we all wanted to start 2021 with a super-fresh, motivated, and focussed mindset, that also included pursuing Dry January with zero booze. Then, another lockdown commenced and the thought of cutting out the pleasure of a glass of wine, or that crisp beer, during a global pandemic, seemed a little harsh. You see, with no gigs or live events to attend, you’ve got to get your kicks where you can, right? 

However, (stay with us) even though it’s the easy route to break the sobriety plan as a result of a third lockdown being imposed, it’s still a great achievement if you can stick with it. The alcohol-free benefits are pretty much endless for both body and mind. Plus, the boost experienced from not giving up, increases self-confidence and self-esteem, which will ultimately have a knock-on effect that leads to success in other lifestyle areas. Still there? We can do this! 

If you’re worried about putting extra pressure on yourself, or generally lacking inspiration for the push to keep going, we’re here to give you some tips and tricks to maintain the sans alcohol challenge. Initially, it’s a shrewd move to consider replacing that evening tipple with something entirely different, yet pleasing, and set yourself some achievable goals from the off. Why do you want to do this? What is driving you to change this habit? What benefits will it bring?

Give yourself a reward if you persevere 

We’re always more motivated when there’s a reward waiting at the finish line. So, implement your very own reward system for when you reach your goals. Treat yourself to that shirt you’ve been thinking about, buy a nice plant, or a book to mark the progress you’ve made. 

Track your progression 

Keeping tabs on your daily achievements will help you to stay engaged. Use your calendar to mark off each day, giving you a visual representation of your success.

Of course, there are many physical and emotional benefits linked to Dry Jan. We all know how good it is for the body and many experts have confirmed this. Ready for the stats? The University of Sussex compiled the research. Here are the numbers to know… 

Research showed that:

  • 93% of Dry Jan participants experienced a sense of achievement
  • 88% saved money
  • 82% thought more deeply about their relationship with drinking
  • 80% felt more in control of their drinking
  • 76% learned more about when and why they drink
  • 71% realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves
  • 70% had generally improved health
  • 71% slept better
  • 67% had more energy
  • 58% lost weight
  • 57% had better concentration
  • 54% had better skin

From feeling well-rested, improving sleep quality and saving money, to enjoying brighter skin and losing weight, there are some immediate benefits to get on board with here. Question is, are you ready for a month off the sauce? We certainly are.