Dry January, also known as “Sobriety January” or “Drynuary,” is a popular trend which began in 2012 as an initiative by Alcohol Change UK. The idea is for people to commit to not drinking alcohol for the month of January. This practice has gained popularity in recent years as a way to kick off the new year with a healthy habit, as well as to give the body a break after the indulgences of the holiday season.
Participating in Dry January can also be a great opportunity to reset and reevaluate one’s relationship with alcohol. It is the perfect time to test the theory that “I can quit drinking any time I want to”. If you or a loved one is exhibiting some of the signs below please get in touch with us today for a confidential and free evaluation of your situation and options. Some of the signs that a person may be struggling with alcoholism include:
- Drinking more or longer than intended: A person who is struggling with alcoholism may drink more or for longer periods of time than they had intended.
- Struggling to cut down or stop drinking: A person who is struggling with alcoholism may try to cut down or stop drinking, but find that they are unable to do so.
- Spending a lot of time drinking or recovering from drinking: A person who is struggling with alcoholism may spend a significant amount of time drinking or recovering from the effects of alcohol.
- Experiencing cravings for alcohol: A person who is struggling with alcoholism may experience strong cravings for alcohol, and may feel a strong urge to drink even when they know it is not in their best interest.
- Neglecting responsibilities: A person who is struggling with alcoholism may neglect their responsibilities at home, work, or school as a result of their drinking.
- Continuing to drink despite negative consequences: A person who is struggling with alcoholism may continue to drink even when it is causing problems in their relationships, at work, or with their physical or mental health.