The Dry January Diary: One week in
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2014 began like this: 3am in a flat above a Clapham kebab shop, a half full (or empty?) bottle of Amaretto, and the realisation that when I woke up sobriety would be on for a full 31 days. “QUICK,” I (allegedly) screamed. “WE NEED TO DRINK ALL THE AMARETTO RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I’M DOING DRY JANUARY.” I am indeed doing Dry January, and it’s not something that I’d fully considered the implications of. Let’s consider a typical weekly routine, which is likely to start with good intentions and, you know, actually going home after work to do wholesome things like watch costume dramas and read twitter and tackle multiple loads of washing. So well done - Monday is responsible and ends with an early night. Tuesday someone fancies a catch up, so you take advantage of the happy hour cocktails before making your way home. And then it’s Wednesday, and hey – it’s taken a really, really long time to get here. We deserve a drink, don’t we? Don’t we? Yes. Off to the pub we trot. Happy Wednesday everyone, we’re over the hump! On Thursday there’s an office birthday, so you go to the pub at lunchtime, and “just have a half.” And then there’s the birthday dinner, with wine. And then it’s Friday, and Saturday, and we know what that means – more wine, maybe some gin, cocktails if we’re feeling flush, and if people are in an out out mood there will probably be some foul tasting shots thrown in too. And so the weeks go by. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person for whom alcohol is a large part of life, there whether we particularly value its presence or not, draining our bank accounts and causing our mornings to go so.much.more.slowly. So, the first question: why go dry? Well, that’s an easy one: because it’s January and December was overindulgent and at some point it would be nice to see if I can finish the month without abusing the savings pot. Is there a better time to do this than post-New Year?
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