Since I started college, I can honestly say that I'm not confident that I have gone longer than a week without consuming alcohol in some form. Even before I was of drinking age, I drank.. often. I drank with the cheerleaders and LVC. And when I left LVC and transferred to Bloom, I drank even more. I'm a social butterfly and I thrive in a social environment, and alcohol just enhances that. However, starting on New Year's Day, my roommates and I embarked on "Dry January". Six days in and we are going strong. We have replaced our weekly trips to the bars with fun experiences instead. Yesterday, we dominated some six year olds at trampoline dodgeball. Next weekend we have a tournament of board games, followed by a weekend of skiing, and wrapping up the month with a 'treat yo' self' day of massages.
This first week hasn't been so rough for me (considering we consumed our entire body weight in alcohol on our NYE mountain trip). Tomorrow, however, is the premiere of The Bachelor (to which I am still salty I didn't get cast btw *@abc*..) and it will be hard to watch a three hour premiere with no wine. But don't you worry readers, I have a nice bottle of sparkling apple juice chilling to replace the craving. When (not if) we make it through the month, we also have a nice bottle of Prosecco calling our names that we forgot (probably because we were drunk) to pop at midnight to kick off this new year. So although we may miss out this time, we will have a not-so-dry February coming right around the corner.
Statistics say that people coming out of a dry month can go one of two ways: either you cut back on your intake entirely, or you drink double the amount to make up for the lack of in your blood stream. I am curious to see which path we take. The purpose of the dry month for me was primarily cost. Even with three part-time jobs, I don't have the funds to keep up with my bar habit. Honestly, God bless the bartenders at Sona who cut us a deal every once in a while.. they're probably missing us this month. My main goal in cutting back on drinking was using that money for experiences instead. So far, I am satisfied.
I've said it before but I'll say it again, I truly lucked out finding my roommates on Craigslist. I am excited to finish out the month sober and celebrate with a nice glass of bubbly. The money I save on drinking this month will surely help me in my travel plans for 2019. But out of all of these benefits, the biggest has to be waking up without a hangover. Nothing is worse than a day long hangover that keeps you in bed. Waking up early and having an entire day to do fun things has been eye-opening and amazing. Definitely not saying that I won't have a drink in my hand in February, because I definitely will. But definitely just saying that sometimes all we need is a month break from the craziness that is the bar scene and just enjoy the people around you. Enjoy making memories without the alcohol and take care of your body while being able to make good decisions with a clear head. And that is how you get to see the bigger picture. Stay sober, xoxoxo.
Author - mallory
I've always lived a wild life, so here I am to document it for the world... be ready for some fun adventures, xoxo.