Dry January 2023: Tips for The Sober-Curious Who Want to Try Dry Jan

What is Dry January? And why should I do it?

Dara Laine Murray

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Dry January is a month-long sober challenge, where participants refrain from drinking alcohol for the entire month of January. It’s a great way to recover from your New Year’s Eve hangover and get back on track with healthier habits.

But for some people who are curious about sobriety but are not quite ready to give it up completely, Dry January can be intimidating.

Dry January 2023: Tips for The Sober-Curious Who Want to Try Dry Jan
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Here’s how you can participate in Dry January if sobriety isn’t your thing just yet:

First, what is Dry Jan?

Dry January is a popular trend that involves giving up alcohol for the first month of the year. For some, it’s a way to reset their drinking habits and get back on track with healthier choices. For others, it’s an experiment—a chance to see what life would be like without alcohol or how their bodies would do without it.

For many people who participate in Dry January, there are also other reasons behind their decision:

  • They’ve been feeling unhealthy due to excessive drinking and want to reset their habits
  • They want to support others who have chosen sobriety (often friends or family)
  • They have goals they want to achieve and think they’ll be more likely to succeed if they don’t include alcohol in their daily routine

You don’t necessarily have to give up all drinks in order to participate in Dry January.

It might seem like the whole point of Dry January is to give up drinking entirely, but that’s not necessarily true. For some people, cutting down on alcohol or abstaining for a month is a great goal that will help them feel better about their relationship with alcohol. But for others, it’s not necessary to completely stop drinking: if you’d rather have a glass of wine on any given night (or day), then do what you feel.

However, I challenge you to reflect on why you would rather have that glass of wine and examine why you’re finding it difficult to abstain.

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Dara Laine Murray

Multi-passionate sobriety writer on Medium. Day job: Director of Research at a nonprofit. Stories = sober + stats. Editor: https://medium.com/modern-sobriety