January. Traditionally a period for resolutions, diets and new starts. I am not a huge fan of resolutions and giving things up, but instead I like to practise moderation, to set some goals and to plan for the coming months.
However I was approached by Brita and challenged to go dry; but of course stay hydrated for January, with lots of support to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Brita gave me 5 key reasons that people drink, and have offered me an alternative experience for each one.
Many people enjoy a glass of good wine, champagne or a cocktail
People drink at parties, when meeting up in groups, but do you need booze to have fun?
Some people feel that little bit more confident and braver after having a drink.
That glass of wine or beer is how many relax after a busy stressful day.
For the buzz
Some people drink for that buzz, and adrenaline rush.
I largely agree with the reasons above, I started the challenge on the 6th Jan, after 12th Night and the end of Christmastide – we were away for a few nights after New Year, one of them staying with people who serve excellent wine and I did not want to miss out.
I can identify with drinking when socialising, if everyone else is merry it is easy to go with the flow and join them, being the only sober one at a party can feel very isolating. I also detest that late Friday or Saturday night tube trip across London when everyone is worse for the wear.
We’d all felt we can conquer the world after a few drinks, even been argumentative, or provocative after a drink or two, then asked ourselves why we behaved like that in the morning.
I find the relaxing aspect of drinking is also habitual, the flurry of #wineoclock tweets at 6pm on a Friday seemed normal, I’d not really noticed how many there were until Scottish Mum said she struggled to understand the daily wine o’clock tweets.
I do not think that I drink for a buzz at all, for for those who do suspect this is tied up with both confidence boosting and socialising.
I’d add to the list that I sometimes might have a drink to help me get off to sleep, I currently suffer from insomnia, and a drink can help me go to sleep, although I know it can be counter productive, an alcohol induced night of sleep is seldom a refreshing one, or clear headed in the morning.
One week in and I feel great – I’ve caught myself thinking that I’d like a glass of wine a few times, usually at 7pm when cooking supper at the time I’d usually have a glass of wine. We’ve been drinking cordial or juice from wine glasses. If it is in a tumbler we’d gulp it down, in a wine glass you sip, additionally I like the feel of a wine glass in my hand.
I’ll be writing and exploring more as the month progressed, follow my progress here.
Have you resolved to have a dry January or to cut down? What are the main reasons that you have for drinking?
With many thanks for Brita for asking me to take part in this activity, and for sending me a hydration hamper with the kettle, Brita filter jugs and other pampering goodies.