Tuesday 25 April 2017

Comment: Dry January just makes alcohol a taboo - and all the more tempting

It's that time again - 'dry January' - and if you drink regularly, it might be daunting. Photo: Getty
It's that time again - 'dry January' - and if you drink regularly, it might be daunting. Photo: Getty

Lorraine Courtney

It's that time again - 'dry January' - and if you drink regularly, it might be daunting. The problem is that, what with alcohol being such a huge part of our culture and social life, it has become a routine habit for many people. Most of us find it very hard to give drink up for a whole month, all the while arguing that we aren't dependent on it.

But what happens then when your fast is over and you're all set to drink yourself into oblivion? Maybe you're terrified of that first glass and don't even want it in case you take a sip and wake up on the dance floor waving your bra over your head. There's that sense of: "F*** it, I've had a long/tough/amazing month and I deserve to go a bit wild."

I'm not criticising anyone aiming to stay dry for the next month, but our relationship with alcohol is far more complex than just staying sober for 31 days. We all know that drinking isn't the healthiest of pastimes. We know it makes us want to eat kebabs at 2am. We know it's the cause of our Sunday evening remorse and we know it's the only reason we keep Berocca in the house.

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