Online interest in “Dry January” spiked in late December 2020 and early January 2021, reaching levels not seen across Google in several years. Similarly, non-alcoholic sparkling water continues to be a popular drink across young adults, and many food bloggers now create and post artisan mocktail recipes, including herbal daiquiris, “nojitos,” and only slightly spiked kombucha cocktails.
This is much more than a wellness trend, and right now, it seems like there’s no better time to try cutting back on your alcohol intake, whether for a month or for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re curious or ready to make a serious lifestyle change, here are 3 tips that could help you ease the transition.
Cut Back with a Friend.
If you’re looking to go dry for a month, you can probably do it solo – but, if you’re hoping to make a lasting lifestyle change, you might want to enlist the help of a friend. Tap a friend who is also interested in cutting back their alcohol intake, or someone who is highly empathetic to your cause and won’t guilt-trip you or tempt you into drinking, to be your support system.
Embrace “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”
Keeping a bottle of red wine on your kitchen counter 24/7 is a great way to tempt yourself into drinking. So, follow the old advice and store your bottles so that they are “out of sight, out of mind” – and, if that means giving them to a friend or pouring their contents down the drain, so be it. Remember: the less temptation you have around you, the easier it will be to stick to your goals.
Try Mocktail Recipes.
Mocktails are no longer looked down upon by people who prefer “real” drinks. These days, mocktails are becoming as delicious and fun to make as cocktails. Best of all, since they contain zero alcohol, you can sip them all night long with virtually no repercussions. Perform a simple Google search, and you’ll find tons of intriguing and flavorful mocktail recipes that will make cutting back much more enjoyable.
At The Conley in Leander, Texas, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself on the regular basis with lifestyle-enhancing tips, such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way of life through education that promotes self-care.