Breaking the Drought – Reflecting on Dry July

A guest blog by Gate-Crasher

After too many hangovers and headaches, I decided that Dry July would be a good idea.

I didn’t sign up to fundraise or put it out there that I was participating, so really it was just for my benefit.

I thought it would be good to generally feel better and get healthier.

It didn’t go as planned.

I knew I had a 40th birthday during the month and didn’t want to be a ‘party pooper’. I probably could have opted for a ‘Golden Ticket’ for the night but didn’t.

I lasted around 12 days (I think).

I broke the drought after a really stressful day of work (I had 2 large glasses of red wine!), wanting a way to relax and wind down when I got home and knowing that the 40th was the day after.

Kudos to one of the 40th birthday party guests who was a non-drinker and partied until 2am. I definitely needed alcohol to stay up that long.

It was easier to give in when I knew I didn’t need to feel guilty about letting anyone else down. If I had signed up and committed, there may have been a different result.

I would definitely like to try it again some time, maybe when things are less stressful and there are no social events planned.

I’m definitely not the type of person that drinks every day. I don’t usually drink during the school week, so it’s not unusual for me to go without alcohol 10 or 12 days. But when I do drink, I overindulge.

I do feel like I’m at the age where I should be cutting down on drinking and finding better ways to relax, wind down and socialise.

Worst thing is that hubby also decided to come along for the ride at the last minute, and survived the month with no complaints. If it was a competition, I would have had more willpower.

If you liked this post, why not read – When you have something to prove but you don’t know what it is, 28 Days and Hello Alcohol My Old Friend.

Thanks to Gate Crasher for sharing x

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