Dry January: 10 days in

This year I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before, and not drink any alcohol for an entire month.

The longest I’ve gone (consecutively) before now since hitting the age of legal consent was 9 days. I remember this because it was back when I was trying to figure out why I was in pain all the time, and the doctor said it could be a stomach ulcer, so I cut down drinking, and then out completely… even managing to make it to the Cathouse without touching a drop, eesh. However, there were some couchsurfers staying from Germany, and I caved after 9 days. The Cathouse was also involved.

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Luckily, it wasn’t a stomach ulcer at all, but some sort of allergy to wheat. I had a drink or two to celebrate that news.

Anyway, as of today, the longest I’ve gone is now ten days. It’s been much easier than it was back then, as I don’t drink in quite such volumes as I did before. We’ve also been travelling to places like the US, Iceland and Belgium the past few months, imbibing in some fine (and not so fine) beers… so I’m actually not craving it as much as I might usually. There was one moment where we made some bastardised version of carbonara with white wine, and when I poured it in I almost grabbed the bottle and downed the entire thing. All of that said, if I was doing this in June it may be a different story.