Wyoming Recovery gives tips for Dry January

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 5:31 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Last year, about 1 in 7 Americans participated in Dry January. Wyoming Recovery gave advice on how to maintain the resolution.

One of their main tips to maintain sobriety is to surround yourself with people who support or share your goals.

“How are you going to spend your time with? Who are you going to spend your time with, so that you have not a lot of empty or vacant time to be thinking about things,” said Wyoming Recover Clinical Director Kristi Hann.

The one-month sobriety challenge started as a public health campaign in the United Kingdom but has gained popularity in the United States as a way to start the New Year on a healthier note.

In the US, the most common New Year resolutions are based on health and wellness. Over the years, improved health, better sleep, more energy, and weight loss have all been reported at the end of the month-long sobriety challenge.

The difficulty of Dry January feels will depend on individual alcohol use. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, moderate drinking is defined as one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.

Wyoming Recovery encourages people to consider making long-term goals, seeking support, or setting personal boundaries around drinking. Spending time with friends or family who will help by keeping you accountable, is another way to maintain the resolution.

“Maybe plan once a month to have friends together or be in a situation where there’s drinking, but have it be controlled, have a plan,” said Hann.

Wyoming Recovery emphasizes that socializing and seeing friends doesn’t have to be alcohol-centered. They encourage finding activities or ways to spend time with loved ones that don’t include or focus on drinking.

They also encourage people to consider making the challenge a long-term resolution to drink less overall. That way, even if you face setbacks during January, it is less shameful or stressful to start over and continue trying.

Giving up alcohol for January can sometimes lead to binge drinking when the month is over, Wyoming Recovery says the best way to avoid swinging between extremes is to make plans and slowly reintroduce alcohol.

“Really having a plan for the end of the month so that you’re not setting yourself up for that time to come, then you start binging. Have a plan, have a goal,” said Hann.

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