Dry January Download the Dry January App About Dry January What is Dry January? Our story Support and policies Our partners Why do Dry January? Get involved Resources Charities In your community In your workplace Fundraising Blog Jane's Dry January Story We spoke to Jane about her experience of Dry January and why she's chosen to give up the booze completely! I officially stopped drinking alcohol on 1st January 2016, as I write this it has been 11 months since I had a drink. I am 52 and have depression, anxieties and Borderline Personality Disorder. I wasn’t by any means a heavy drinker but would have described myself as a weekend binge drinker, which sometimes stretched into the week, depending on the perceived stresses at work. I knew drinking alcohol was making my mood swings more severe but I was using it to mask emotions I didn’t feel I could cope with. It was before last Christmas I decided I needed to do something or life was never going to improve, in fact felt I was getting worse, so made the decision to do Dry January and try and stop altogether. I did stop drinking before Christmas but it didn’t last and on New Year’s Day I had the most almighty hang over and couldn’t remember much about New Year’s Eve or what I had said or done. New Year’s Day was the start of a new life for me. I decided I did not want to feel like that again. It hasn’t been easy and at times, especially when others around were drinking and I have been very near to drinking; however, I have managed and now recognise that when I want a drink it is because I want to mask and drown difficult feelings so I use a different means to cope, such as talking about how I am feeling, having a bath or meditating. Early on in the process I ate a lot of chocolate and used that as a bit of a crutch but that is now subsiding. The mood swings I used to have are much less severe, the headaches and fogginess is non- existent but if I do get a headache I now know it is real and not alcohol induced. I have new alternative drinks which I am happy with when I am out and have no intention of drinking again!