Dry January Doesn’t Need to be Boring

It doesn’t take much research to find out that alcohol consumption has spiked in the last couple of years (we can thank COVID-19 for that), but in 2022, many of us are on a journey to drinking less. If you’re joining the Dry January wave, we have a few tips to help you through the month.

First things first: what is Dry January? Dry January is a month-long public health campaign where people choose to abstain from drinking and opt for a healthier lifestyle. 

Now that we have that settled, let’s talk through some tips: 

Mocktails are key. If you are used to drinking craft cocktails, this one's for you!  Rather than reaching for a sugary, non-healthy drink to substitute your alcohol cravings, you can whip up a refreshing mocktail with just two simple ingredients. A fan favorite is Waiākea’s ‘Alohi Sparkling water with a splash of grapefruit juice, top it off with a lime and you have the perfect Paloma Mocktail.

Fun fact: sparkling water is just as hydrating as still water.

Setting intentional goals to increase your water intake and to hold yourself accountable is also a great tip for drinking less alcohol. After all, when you’re focused on hitting your water goal for the day, you have less time to think about drinking alcohol, right? 

Drinking more water during the cooler months is especially important to prevent dehydration and protect your immune system. To level up, drink naturally alkaline water that has natural minerals and electrolytes.

One final tip for getting through Dry January is to start a new hobby, or activity, to do when you would typically drink alcohol. 

Feeling like drinking? Go for a run, knit something, or just find something to do that makes you happy each day. It’s a lot easier said than done, but it can make a big difference when you’re in the thick of it.

To sum it up, Dry January doesn’t have to be boring, and utilizing the tips above can help you reach your goal without it seeming like such a daunting task!