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 Nicola's Dry January Story We spoke to Nicola about her experience of Dry January, here's what she had to say... "I decided to give up for a number of reasons. I wasn’t an alcoholic or anything but I did feel I was drinking too much. It was the binge drinking at the weekend that was particularly getting me down. The hangovers were getting worse too. It sometimes took 3 days to recover! I think the main reason I decided to give up though was because I’m the lead vocalist of a band and this was getting more serious. I’ve always been jealous of those people with an “off” button – those who knew they had drunk enough and it was time to stop. It’s not something that I’ve ever had and I couldn’t change that. There were times I would wake up in the morning not really remembering the events of the night before and I hated that feeling. To be honest I had my doubts as to whether I would do it and the first few weeks were quite tough, especially after work on a Friday which was the time I liked the most to have a drink. But I basically blocked the thought from my mind and found a way to just not think about it. January came and went and I decided to carry on. I ended up amazing myself. February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and now November! I can’t actually believe I have nearly done a whole year! I’m quite proud of myself. After going this long without alcohol, I can honestly say I don’t ever want it back in my life and I hope I don’t drink again. I feel better in myself and the band has gone from strength to strength! I’ve got so much confidence now and I’ve realised I don’t need alcohol. If you are thinking about giving up – stop thinking about it and do it. If it’s what you really want then just block it from your mind. Forget about it. Go out and live life. I thoroughly recommend it!"