In a world full of conflicting messages about how and why we should drink, a world where health-conscious people are encouraged to continue choosing alcohol and ignore the risk, in a world where Mommy’s Time Out wine is drunk at Wine O’clock, there is a drink for every occasion and every occasion requires a drink. In that world, where there is tremendous pressure to drink daily and see that as normal, Dry July gives us an opportunity for a different focus. Dry July is an opportunity to join a community talking about how to enjoy life WITHOUT the booze for a change.
If you’ve ever planned to have “just one drink” and then don’t remember how you got home.
If you ever started drinking alone before going out for drinks….
If you’ve ever woken up and tried to piece together the events of the night before and can’t …
If you’ve ever thought you’d like to stop drinking for a while but haven’t been able to do it…
Don’t fret over whether or not you need to go sober for life. Try Dry July! You can join us now and get into the conversation. Set your clock for July 1st and dive into a month-long alcohol detox.
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If you’ve ever had to make excuses for being absent from work because you’re still drunk from the night before
If you’ve ever had to fake your way through a conversation with your kids because you can’t remember the movie you watched the night before
If you’ve ever woken up consumed with shame and self loathing because it happened again
These are some of the benefits that you may well feel in as little as 30 days alcohol-free :
- 1 – Having your mornings back (heck even your evenings!).
- 2 – Having clarity on what you have done or said the night before.
- 3 – Being able to live up to promises you have made – including being more present with loved ones and yourself.
- 4 – healthier body and mind.
- 5 – saving LOADS of money.
If you’ve ever had to go to different liquors stores during the week so the clerk doesn’t recognize you and think you have a “problem”
If you’ve ever wondered why that person is drinking so slow….and felt agitated about it….because they’re in your round crowd….and they are getting the next round….so you quite literally want to scream “hurry up!!!
If you’ve ever stopped at the party store and bought one 5th for the freezer and an extra 5th to hide under your bed…
Things I love about being alcohol–free
I can drive any time of the day
I can remember everything
I am calmer & less anxious
My conscience is clear
I’m never nauseous
I’ve lost weight
I sleep soooo well
read more here How to NOT open a Bottle at Wine o’Clock
If you’ve ever ‘talked to yourself’ before going out to ‘drink slowly and not too many’ only for the first glass of alcohol to completely reverse that decision….
If you’ve ever slept through your stop on the bus/ train on you way home from happy “hour.”
If you ever told your kid he couldn’t try your juice in the morning
If you choose your wine or beer based on its percent alcohol content
If you drink the same amount at a major league game and your kid’s teeball game
You’ll find lots of people to talk to, who’ve done that too, if you join us and Try Dry July in BOOM!
I’m alcohol-free and loving me! Tea-Totally Free!
Strange but true, who knew?
I can dress up for a night out with my husband, friends or both
I don’t have to take an “I promise not to get drunk oath”
I can do my hair and makeup and look attractive aswell
I can listen to music whilst getting ready
Although I can’t sing and you can really tell (Haha!)
I’m alcohol- free and loving me!
I can go for a lovely meal and savour every taste
I can choose a starter or dessert with my main course
Or I can have both,
It won’t go to waste
I’ll remember it
Because with wine it won’t be laced
Loving my life alcohol-free! Sobriety is Sobrenity !
I can do all that you see without
Alcohol making an appearance,
I can do all that and be
Australia’s Dry July will be starting soon and it’s a great time for “sober curious” people to dip their toes in the pool. I’ve read some interesting critiques of the Dry July and Ocsober initiatives. It’s been said that paying people pledge money to take a month off alcohol encourages us to glorify drinking and see it as an essential part of adult life. It’s also been said that setting up a month off alcohol as a marathon and offering “gold tickets” to take a night off here and there for emergencies like weddings and office parties, re-enforces the idea that even short-term sobriety is near impossible. But I love the Dry July tradition and think that the Australians who came up with it are visionary.
We’ve been told for years that drinking red wine and alcohol in general, can do everything from lower our risk of heart disease to help us control our weight. The recent reports that alcohol actually contributes to the development of 7 types of cancer has done little to hinder the marketing of wine and alcohol as healthy, essential, and fun. Dry July turns the whole shebang on it’s head by making it healthy, essential and FUN to NOT drink for a month while raising money to help people with cancer in the process.
I think the Dry July initiative should be international. It raises a lot of questions about why it’s so hard to take even a temporary break from drinking. In a world full of conflicting messages about how and why we should drink, a world where health-conscious people are encouraged to continue choosing alcohol no matter what the possible health risks, a world with products like spiked sparkling water, vegan wine, and red-fruit infused gin, and a world where Mommy’s Time Out wine is drunk at Wine O’clock, there is a drink for every occasion and every occasion requires a drink. In that world, where there is tremendous pressure to drink daily and see that as normal, Dry July gives us another focus for thirty days. How to enjoy life WITHOUT the booze.
I stopped drinking permanently a bit over six years ago because my drinking was setting a terrible example for my kids. They saw me drinking almost every night and often way too much. Although I handled my responsibilities, as most moms who follow the wine-o-clock routine do, I realized that my children almost always saw me with a wine glass in hand at the end of the day. A lot of Australians will model a different version of grown-up down-time this month while continuing to add to the almost 30 million Australian dollars raised for cancer patients care through Dry July. That is the beginning of something beautiful indeed.
And that is why I love Dry July.
If you’re “sober curious” or trying Dry July …
If you are drinking too much too often and want to take a break…
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