Dry January: Are You Missing Out?

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Welcome to that time of the year when wine glasses take a back seat, and water bottles step into the spotlight. For me, it’s the seventh spin on the Dry January train—a tradition that started with a classic hub-side eye-roll, questioning my sanity. Little did he know; he secretly looks forward to it every year. Or maybe he’s just a really good actor!

What’s the Buzz with Dry January?

So, why Dry January, you ask? Well, it’s my post-holiday ‘cleanse’—and I use the term loosely. After a month of indulging in festive foods and perhaps a tad too much wine, January becomes my month of redemption. Out go the cheese, wine and shortbread cookies; in come veggies and water. It’s all in an attempt to squeeze into my favorite jeans without having to go up a size. Because, let’s face it, my wardrobe and I are inseparable BFFs, and I’m not about to betray it. (and yes, there’s the undeniable benefit of just feeling better nourishing my body with healthier options)

The Dry January Elevator Pitch

Abstaining from alcohol is the easy part. Explaining it? Now, that’s the real challenge. “No, I’m not pregnant. It’s just a miracle I’m still standing at my age!” It took a while, but I’ve perfected my Dry January elevator pitch over the years.

What is the Point of Dry January?

Dry January isn’t just about swapping out alcoholic beverages for non-alcoholic delights. For me, it’s a personal reset button, a chance to recalibrate after the holiday frenzy. It’s an opportunity to focus on nourishing my body with veggies and hydrating with water, all while giving my skin the love it deserves.

Why Do They Call it Dry January?

The name might sound straightforward, but the origins of Dry January are rooted in mindfulness. It started in the UK as a movement to encourage people to be more conscious of their alcohol consumption after the indulgent holiday season. The trend has since spread globally, with many embracing the challenge as a way to kickstart a healthier year.

What are the Rules for Dry January?

The rules are simple: no alcohol for the entire month of January. It’s a commitment to sobriety for 31 days, allowing your body to reset. It’s not about perfection but about the intention to break the habit of regular alcohol consumption. (and goodness knows, we’ve read enough articles lately about the negative impact of excessive alcohol consumption on our wellbeing).

Dry January Benefits

Aside from the obvious health benefits like improved liver function and better sleep, Dry January can do wonders for your skin. Alcohol can dehydrate the skin, leading to dullness and premature aging.

Dry January Skin Benefits

Beyond the general health perks, the impact on your skin can be quite noticeable. One of the key benefits is the restoration of skin hydration. Alcohol is very dehydrating and as a result, notorious for drying out the skin. This often causes dullness and the acceleration of premature aging. By abstaining from alcohol, you’re allowing your skin to reclaim its moisture, leading to a radiant and healthier complexion.

What are the Disadvantages of Dry January?

While the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, some may find social situations challenging without the usual social lubricant. However, navigating these situations sober can lead to personal growth, increased confidence, and a deeper connection with others. You’ll never know unless you try it!

My Dry January Sippers

Just because I’ve gone alcohol free, it doesn’t mean I don’t want something special to sip on. Thankfully, we’re pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to prepared mocktails, zero proof beers and even some wine–but there’s still a way to go in that department.

Besides the standard bubbly water and Coke Zero in our fridge, I’m currently savoring Sober Carpenter’s incredible IPA. I’ve also delved into the world of Clever Mocktails—a collection of delectable, not overly sweet concoctions. (Check out their G and T or Mojito). Unfortunately–and sadly–because I love red wine, I think they still have a way to go before one will pierce my Dry January heart. I have had luck with some sparkling wines made by Noughty and Oddbird have left a pleasant impression. I think sparkling is definitely the way to go here!

And, of course, my inner mixologist makes an appearance in my spare time—blame it on the pharmacist in me! For the behind-the-scenes magic, check out my Instagram where I will be sharing any concoctions I come up with. And, check out our last post, where I shared the recipes for 3 mocktails that you may want to try making yourself. 

Now I know that Dry January isn’t for everyone. And if that’s the case, there’s no judgement here—you do you! But, if you decide to participate, you may be pleasantly surprised by how you feel after a month without alcohol.

Got any stories to share? We’re all ears!

Sharmani Pillay Apothekari Pharmicist HealthApothekari skincare founder promise