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Title: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Chris S on January 01, 2020, 12:42:25 am
Here we go again!

Chris S's Liver: "Ahhh.... my holidays. At last!"
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Kim on January 01, 2020, 12:44:44 am
Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: hellymedic on January 01, 2020, 12:46:48 am
Good Luck!
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Wowbagger on January 01, 2020, 04:29:56 pm
The trouble with This Sort of Thing is that there is so much left over from Christmas that has to be consumed or thrown out. I'm talking about food rather than booze here, but January is a good time to start a diet.

Whatsapp conversation with My Pal Jon, whose house we are going to this evening for a buffet conflab:

Jon: "I say old bean! I have 3 pint of Doom Bar and 3 pints of Timothy Taylor. Plus copious amounts of vino. Hopefully that will meet your needs! See you later!"

Me: "I'm doing dry January*...

...but if it was bought in December or by someone else, it doesn't count. So yes indeed! Looking forward to it"

*This was in jest. Although I am intending to cut down greatly. My rule for the last 2 or 3 years has been that I don't drink alcohol unless I'm with someone else drinking alcohol. It works pretty well. Kept me down into single figures of pints for the entire month.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: T42 on January 01, 2020, 04:50:32 pm
Good luck all.  I'll have been on the wagon for 25 years come February.  Trouble nowadays is that if I have something cooked with alcohol that hasn't been adequately boiled off I get a splitting headache about an hour later, so my advice is this: come February, keep on drinking.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: PaulF on January 01, 2020, 05:41:21 pm
I’m giving it a try
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: fboab on January 06, 2020, 11:10:11 am
I can report that tea consumption chez nous has rocketed, and the perks of my employ are being virtuosly ignored.

Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Tewdric on January 06, 2020, 02:57:27 pm
I'm doing it again having managed it last year.  I look at it as an annual liver respawn! :)
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: mike on January 06, 2020, 08:04:19 pm
yup, we're both on it too.  The kids are helping by marking off the days on a calendar with a star when we make it to bed time without, and one of them threw out some 'alcohol free' beer that they spotted was 0.5% ABV to remove temptation..   First major test is wednesday when I have a rowing club committee meeting which is normally followed by a trip to the pub for 3 or 4 quick pints.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Chris S on January 06, 2020, 09:17:38 pm
Sleep was a little disrupted for the first two or three nights, but seems OK now. Resting heart rate down from an average of about 67, to 56 this morning - so looks like I'm out of the perma-hangover you get from daily drinking.
I feel a bit more upbeat and motivated - but that could just be a random thing. Early days.

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Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Regulator on January 07, 2020, 10:55:37 am
Now that the Epiphany event is over my liver is getting a break.  Hopefully it will also give the weight loss a boost.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on January 08, 2020, 03:03:01 pm
Dry January is fine.  Snack free January is driving me nuts...
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: hellymedic on January 08, 2020, 03:24:12 pm
Dry January is fine.  Snack free January is driving me nuts...

Ain't that the truth? Nuts are supposedly good keto food.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Ruthie on January 10, 2020, 01:05:35 am
I just finished reading 'This Naked Mind' by Annie Grace, about boozahol.  It was all right, has anyone else read it?
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: PaulF on January 15, 2020, 10:25:19 pm
Well tonight was a major test; business trip with my boss which usually ends with post dinner whisky.

I passed
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: fboab on January 16, 2020, 12:03:20 pm
I had a business dinner earlier this week, and didn't pass. The MD insisted I tried the wine, as it was one of ours. I don't even like wine.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: HeltorChasca on January 16, 2020, 12:40:33 pm
I tried dry January a few years ago. I succeeded and stayed dry. I’m just starting my 5th year and I’m not looking back. It has been great for my body and mind and phenomenal for my wallet.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: mike on January 27, 2020, 05:45:47 pm
Am still going!  And the urge to stop for a beer is fading too - this might last longer than a month...
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Chris S on January 27, 2020, 05:56:21 pm
Am still going!  And the urge to stop for a beer is fading too - this might last longer than a month...

 :thumbsup: Same here!
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on January 29, 2020, 12:56:03 pm
Still dry, still snack free.  Plenty of nuts in my breakfast.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: PaulF on January 29, 2020, 01:54:02 pm
Me too - even survived another business trip :)
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: mike on January 29, 2020, 04:19:20 pm
Me too - even survived another business trip :)

toughest day yet for me....  lunch with an ex, we regularly used to get through 2 bottles of wine - she had one glass, I stuck to H2O! 
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: pcolbeck on January 29, 2020, 04:34:45 pm
I have had too much on in Jan including a jolly to Finland which really would have been no fun sans booze.
So I'm going to do attempt a dry month starting Monday Feb 3rd.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: hellymedic on January 29, 2020, 04:35:17 pm
Looks like I've done it, more by accident than by design.
Missed out on the bubbly at our party.
Would have quite liked a double G&T on Monday at the Harvester but as D was getting the drinks to go with the meal, I asked for a diet cola. Poor soul walked round the place looking like a lost soul in search of the drink dispensers to fill our 'bottomless' glasses.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Redlight on January 29, 2020, 04:41:50 pm
Still going strong  :thumbsup:.

Have managed to coast through: two trips to the theatre (with dinner beforehand) by arriving late enough to not have time to go to the bar and staying seated during the interval; my birthday; and a visit from my parents (my stepfather put away one bottle and started another, which I gave him to take home with him). 

No noticeable weight loss, but that's probably because I'm working towards a deadline, so spending a lot of time at home and, thus, grazing too much.

I'm not finding that I'm missing it at all so may carry on after Friday (although if there was ever a reason to get mind-destroyingly drunk and not wake up for several years, it's "Brexit Night").  I've been trying exotic tonic waters and find that one of them is enough to give me that 7pm 'treat' sensation that I'd normally get from a glass of wine and once I've eaten dinner I prefer to have a herbal tea.

If I put a price on the wine we haven't bought or have but haven't drunk, I reckon we've saved about £200, which is both shocking and satisfying.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: citoyen on March 21, 2020, 07:35:17 am
I didn't do Dry January this year, but I am doing 'Dry Lockdown' - haven't touched a drop of alcohol for a week, since I started WFH.

Let's see how long I can last... it helps that we currently don't have any booze in the house.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Speshact on March 21, 2020, 08:51:42 am
#drysolation
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: citoyen on March 21, 2020, 06:39:32 pm
#drysolation
:like:
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on March 26, 2020, 01:01:53 pm
It's Lent so I've been drysolation so far, but that will change come April 12th.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: citoyen on March 26, 2020, 01:15:54 pm
Second week of #drysolation and going strong. It's actually getting easier, now the DTs have worn off (joke) - and it helps that I haven't been shopping this week, so no opportunity to buy booze.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: Chris S on March 26, 2020, 01:30:35 pm
BN: Fboab works in a wine factory.
GN: She's working from home

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Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: DrMekon on March 26, 2020, 04:40:43 pm
Been dry since Jan 21st. Staying off the booze until I've got back to 71kg. It's weird, but as soon as I stop drinking, I really don't miss it at all. Did about 18 months previously, which was fine except for a lapse when there was an Orval event at North Bar in Leeds, where they had Orval at ages from 1-5years. Was totally worth breaking my dry spell for that.
Title: Re: Dry January - 2020
Post by: citoyen on March 26, 2020, 05:34:57 pm
Orval event at North Bar in Leeds, where they had Orval at ages from 1-5years. Was totally worth breaking my dry spell for that.

 :o

Absolutely 100% definitely worth breaking your dry spell for.

I discovered today that my local brewery (the one that hosts my audax event) is still open for takeaways and deliveries, so I feel I ought to do my bit to support them in these troubled times. I guess as long as I'm only coming off the wagon for beer that is actually worth it, that's more or less OK. It's the drinking out of habit, drinking too frequently and too much, and being indiscriminate about booze choices, that is the real problem for me. What you might call 'mindful drinking'.

Haven't broken my streak yet though. Will save it for the weekend.