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I Quit Drinking For a Month And This Happened

LifestyleVeronica ArrietaComment

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to do a Dry January. This meant no booze for the entire month. Let me preface by saying I'm not a huge drinker or partier, but I do like a glass(es) of wine on during the week with a meal, after a long day, or with out friends. So as January 1st hit, so did my stop to drinking. I would be lying if said I didn't crave a glass of wine with dinner or tempt myself with an open bottle at home, but that's not the point. As January came to a close yesterday so did my dry month (woohoo!). Here are a few things that happened going booze-free for a month....

The first half of the month was hard. Fortunately I had the flu for the first 5 days so didn't want anything to do with alcohol. But after I got well, a glass of wine with dinner or a movie sounded perfect. The first two weeks were really hard, I had to keep focus and remind myself why I was doing this. After the two week mark, things got much easier.

I drank more water. My usual glass of wine with dinner was replaced with water. I'm already not the best water drinker so this was a big bonus for me. I saved the calories from the alcohol and was hydrating myself instead. (But don't worry, the calories were replaced with ice cream!).

Having any type of social life is centered around drinking (and food). Going out to dinner with friends was too hard, so I had to get creative in my social outings -- I made a lot of coffee and gym dates. The few times that I did go out, I ordered a soda water with a lime so I had a drink in my hand and looked social. 

My body felt rejuvenated. Seriously, I felt/feel so fresh and clean. I had so much energy and slept so well (you know, that uninterrupted sleep that you wake up like "woah!"). My mind was clear and my skin was glowing. 

All in all, I'm so glad I did a Dry January. In fact, I might make this an annual tradition right after New Year's Eve. Have you ever done a Dry January? Are you so glad that you did? Would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.