10 THINGS YOU’LL REALISE WHEN YOU DO DRY JANUARY

Having a month off the booze? We salute you. Here’s what to expect when you do 'Dry January'...

 

1. BOOZE IS A BIG DEAL

Us Brits like to drink. A Lot. We’re all guilty of meeting friends for ‘coffee’ and ending up with a large glass of Sauvy B instead of a skinny latte. Giving up the booze will only make you realise how much everyone else likes a drink. Even the flippin’ cinema sells the hard stuff these days…

2. DRUNK PEOPLE ARE REALLY ANNOYING

“Was I ever that annoying?” you think as your friend tells you the same story for the fifth time while hanging off your shoulder (seriously, what’s with all the touching?) We hate to break it to you, but yes, you definitely were.

3. YOU'LL BECOME A SMUG MORNING PERSON

Even if you’re used to a 5.30am work alarm or being dragged out of bed by your children, mornings are always that little bit harder after a couple of drinks. Not anymore. You’ll be positively leaping out of bed to make a green juice and hit the gym or prepare the kind of packed lunch Kirstie Allsopp would approve of. And you’ll feel pretty smug about it too.

4. YOU PROBABLY WON'T LOSE ANY WEIGHT

Mostly because you’ll be mainlining chocolate while you get cosy on the sofa. And ordering dessert instead of wine when you go out for dinner. Let’s be realistic here.

5. BUT YOUR SKIN WILL BE GLOWING

No rocket science with this one - booze dehydrates you. Take a month off and you’ll see a difference in your skin that no amount of spendy lotions and potions can achieve.

6. AND YOU'LL HAVE WAY MORE MONEY

Watch your weekly shop bill drastically reduce as you replace bottles of vino with Diet Coke/sparkling water/squash…deplete as applicable when you find your new vice.

7. OR MAYBE NOT...

Blame it on the extra food. Or all those trips to the cinema. Or that new dress/top/pair of shoes you bought as a reward for being so saintly. Speaking of which, half-price sale is packed full of purse-friendly treats. Just saying…

8. YOU'LL THINK ABOUT ALCOHOL A LOT

At really strange times. Like when you wake up, or in the middle of a Monday morning meeting. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal.

9. BUT SOLO TONIC CAN TASTE LIKE A G&T

Almost. If you close your eyes while you take a sip. As for alcohol-free wine, don’t even bother. Mocktails, however, are a genius invention.

10. YOU'LL CONSIDER 'DRY FEBRUARY'

Until January 31st that is. Then you’ll convince yourself that a drink is in order to celebrate making it through the bleakest month of the year without alcohol. Be warned; that first drink will FLOOR you.