Whether you’re taking part in Dry January or are simply in need of a detox after too much indulgence over the Christmas period Life Works supports you. The beginning of the year is a great time to give up alcohol and it would appear as though more and more of us are jumping on the bandwagon.
In 2013 just 4,500 people took part in Dry January. Last year this shot up to 17,312 participants and 2015 looks set to break this record once again. If you’re currently avoiding the booze or are considering taking a break from it, below are some top tips to help you succeed.
Avoid pubs and bars
You wouldn’t go to a fast food restaurant or chocolate shop if you were on a diet so it makes sense to avoid places where you are going to be surrounded by people drinking. Being around alcohol will make you much more likely to give into temptation so try to think of different things to do - go to the cinema, join the gym, meet friends in cafes and try to find other people who have given up the booze for moral support.
There’s nothing better than an incentive to help get you through a challenge. Put the money you’re saving from not drinking towards something fun like a holiday or those shoes you’ve had your eye on for ages. Every time you feel yourself getting tempted to drink, think about the reward you’re going to have at the end of the month.
Hide the booze
Avoiding the pub is one thing but if you’re trying to abstain from drinking then it’s important to ensure that there’s no alcohol in the house either. If a full wine rack is the first thing you see when you walk into the kitchen, chances are that one night when you’re feeling bored or stressed, you’re likely to reach for the bottle.
Get a hobby
A sure-fire way to ensure that your alcohol-free month flies by is to keep yourself distracted and happy. A great way of doing this is to find a new hobby. Whether it’s joining a gym, signing up to a new course, joining a book club, learning to draw or doing a cooking class, keeping yourself busy means that you’re far less likely to get tempted by the pub.
To learn more about alcohol abuse visit or alcohol knowledge centre. If you are worried about your alcohol consumption and would like advice, please feel free to visit our Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Page or contact us today.