In the month of January I inadvertently took part in Dry January. As a new year’s resolution I set myself the goal of not drinking alcohol for at least a month and I am pleased to say that I did it! My reasoning behind this goal was that I wanted to start off the year feeling my best and not drinking alcohol really did make a difference.
Out of all of the months in the year, January is probably one of the best times to go alcohol free as it is peak exam season meaning less people tend to go out clubbing or to the pub. However, there were still a few times when I did worry and had cases of FOMO (fear of missing out) near the end of January when my friends had finished their exams and went out to celebrate. Of course I could have gone out with them and just not drank but I decided against that and instead used the spare time I had, like the mornings after the nights out, to go and visit parts of Malta I kept meaning to visit last semester. Another thing that made me feel better about missing out was when many of my friends were feeling a bit worse for wear the next morning and I was feeling fine!
There was one occasion during the month when I did go out clubbing for a friends birthday. I replaced alcohol with energy drinks (mainly to keep me awake) and other non-alcoholic drinks like lemonade and even a non-alcoholic cocktail that I bought from one of the clubs. I realised very quickly that it was key to buy a drink when everyone else was just so that people would stop asking me so many questions like ‘Why aren’t you drinking?’ and ‘Why are you even out?’. But by the end of the night I wasn’t fearful of these questions as my reply became automated and I realised that a lot people actually respected my decision not to drink for the month of January. Surprisingly I has an amazing teetotal night out and it showed me that if you don’t drink it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun!
By the end of the month I was really happy that I had got through it without even the smallest sip of alcohol and it is definitely something that I would do again in the future, for my own sake as well as in an effort to raise money for charity. My alcohol-free January really did showed me that, and I hate to say it but…you don’t need alcohol to have fun!