Well like a lot of others I have undertaken to not drink any alcohol during the month of January and I suspect like a lot of others it seemed a good idea in the midst of crazy overindulgent December! I missed my glass or two of wine massively in the earlier days, it even crossed my mind to resurrect my religious beliefs so that I could indulge in a sip of communion wine on a regular basis because that is surely not cheating!
So I am now just over halfway and wow I never knew January was such as long month! I have had a few wobbles and near cracks, the closest was last week when we saw my eldest daughter off to New Zealand for a year but I stuck stoically to my Sparkling water and Lime.
So what are the benefits? I am sleeping more deeply and longer than I even thought possible. I dont wake up to pin drop noises several times in a night and don’t wake up feeling like I just got to sleep. The wierd intense dreams are an added bonus!
I feel more alert and can concentrate for longer and the desire for a glass of wine is getting less and less. Thats not to say when I see a cool Pinot Grigio glugging into a frosty glass I am not just a bit jealous but my cool bubbly Pellegrino is a good substitute for now.
So what next? The purpose of this for me was to break a habit to allow me to structure a new more healthier one. So instead of opening a bottle as routine I will put limits on when I drink and why. I am also donating the money I have saved to Alcohol Concern so I help a good cause in the process. There has been a few articles lately pooh poohing Dry January as pointless but it has been far from pointless for me, at the very least an exercise in self discipline and any attempt for people to improve their health or lifestyle can’t be bad in my book.