The festive season often involves plenty of drinking, whether it’s Christmas Day tipples or enjoying some bubbly New Year’s Eve, which can leave you feeling lethargic.
Every year, millions of people partake in Dry January in a bid to rejuvenate themselves and detox their bodies from an alcohol-filled December.
However, while laying off the booze seems simple in theory, people often struggle to do this long-term due to a range of reasons.
These can include socialising, using alcohol as a pick-me-up for the January blues or simply because it’s become a habit to open a bottle after a long week.
Thankfully, we’ve spoken to nutritionists, coaches and sobriety experts who have shared easy and actionable tips to help you succeed at a month – or more – of sobriety.
You may be surprised at just how great you feel after just a week of steering clear of alcohol, so why not give it a go in 2022.
Easy expert tips to help you easily give up alcohol for Dry January 2022
While giving up alcohol for a month seems easy enough in theory, social and day-to-day situations can actually make ditching it harder than you’d expect.
Thankfully, we’ve spoken to experts, including a nutritionist, pharmacist and sobriety coach, who have plenty of simple tips to get you by.
Get a friend to go sober with you
Thorrun Govind, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England, tells Mirror Online: “Doing Dry January with a friend can make all the difference so that you can both hold each other accountable.
“Plan some activities to look forward to that don’t avoid alcohol. It’s a great way to plan some exercise in too.”
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As it’s quite a lifestyle change for many, that can be surprisingly hard if you’re used to drinking socially and at home, Thorrun also suggests phoning a friend if you’re having moments where you’re struggling.
Be honest with your friendship group and support network
Alex Cassidy is the founder of the free habit-tracker app RewardDays, which rewards users with vouchers for their commitment to refraining from ‘bad’ habits.
His first tip is to inform your social circle of your plans to go sober and he tells Mirror Online: “Tell …….