I don’t think I’ll be doing a Dry January this year.
Just like every other year.
Dry January, for those of you who don’t know, is a New Year’s resolution with a trendy name to stop drinking booze for the month of January.
Headlines tout a Dry January can be “amazing for your health” and has “benefits for your mind and body,” but I have a few alternative strategies so you can enjoy drinks and be healthy on a year-round basis.
For starters, don’t get so hammered at those office Christmas parties and holiday events like 12 bars pub crawls.
Secondly, when you go visit your family, spend the time with your family and not waving goodbye while walking out the front door to join your high school friends at the bars.
Third, don’t binge drink on New Year’s Eve.
Fourth and finally, don’t sit on your fat ass. Get out and exercise. That will do more for your health than drinking water at a restaurant instead of a pint of beer or a glass of wine like you probably do the other 11 months of the year.
I have news for you: one month of stopping drinking, then starting over again like every night is the Fourth of July, won’t help your health one bit. Like everything else in life, pace yourself.
Plus, look at the fun you’ll miss by not drinking the first month of the new year. The NFL Playoffs are in January. So, too, are the College Football Playoffs. Are you telling me you’re going to a bar or a friend’s house to watch the games and not drink? No way. (Well, in normal years anyway.)
January is also a prime time to be skiing and snowboarding at the word’s ski resorts. No ski apres for you Dry January folks! (Well, in normal years anyway.)
On top of that, there are all your friends’ birthday party dinner gatherings that you HAVE to go to, people at the office tugging you to go out to a Happy Hour after work on Fridays and – if you’re at all like me – a friend who wants to come visit you for a weekend. (Well, in normal years anyway.)
And for all us single people out there, a Dry January would pretty much take us out of circulation for a month and that can be a killer because others are likely to swoop in on your prime targets during your absence.
A Dry January? Maybe it works for some. But not for The Nightlife Blogger