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 Tony's Dry January Story We spoke to Tony about his Dry January experience... I decided to give up drinking for January on the spur of the moment last New Year’s Eve. I realised that despite exercising regularly I had put on quite a bit of weight since the summer. I had heard about Dry January on Facebook, so I decided to give it a go and knock the booze on the head for a month. I wouldn’t say that I was drinking that much in the scheme of things – maybe a couple of glasses of wine half the nights of the week and the occasional pint or two. While I would never have described myself as an alcoholic, I saw how easy it could be to slide into dependency. I made it to the end of month and dared myself to carry on. I soldiered through February. And then, on the first day of March, I had a relapse. My wife won a bottle of champagne in a raffle, so I decided to celebrate not drinking for two months… by having I drink! I had half a glass of champagne – not more than three mouthfuls – but when I woke up next morning with a murderous headache I decided that would be my last drink of the year, and so it was. By the middle of the year it was no longer a case of “I’m not drinking”; by now it was just “I don’t drink”. It’s strange that there exists a social pressure to drink alcohol. But the more time passed, the less I cared, because I was feeling the benefits of abstinence. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in years; not solely down to not drinking, skipping all those calories can’t hurt. The ever-present mental fog that comes from alcohol has evaporated, and I find that I can think more clearly, partly because I now sleep better. The financial benefits need hardly be pointed out. Needless to say I will be taking part in Dry January 2017, simply because it will be just another month!