The First Rule of Going Dry for January is … What?

Going dry for January. Anyone who’s tried it knows the drill. Starting New Year’s Day, no booze until February. For some, it’s the start of a new alcohol-free life. For others, it’s a reset after an overindulgent holiday season. So, what are the rules?

Going Dry For January

“Everyone always wants to know the rules they need to follow to stick to a resolution or challenge,” says Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind and The Alcohol Experiment. “The first rule of an alcohol-free month is … there are no rules.”

Going dry for January? No booze from New Year’s Day until February? What are the rules for this break from alcohol?

The Rules

Instead, Grace offers the following advice to anyone taking a break from alcohol:

Be Kind – Meet yourself with compassion. Remember, alcohol is an addictive substance. Abstaining is hard. There’s nothing wrong with you.

Buddy Up – Don’t fly solo. Find an accountability partner or a community of people on the same journey. Support and learn from each other.

Get Curious – Don’t ignore alcohol; use the break to explore your relationship with it. Learn how alcohol interacts with your brain and why willpower isn’t enough.

Write It Down – Document your experience. How do you feel? What’s hard? What’s easy? What do you notice about yourself? What makes you want to drink?

Don’t Quit – Dry January doesn’t end if you have a drink or two. Do your best. Keep trying.