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Dry January- Tips to Quit Alcohol in 2020?

It is the ‘new year, new me’ time of the year and after the last whole year, it looks like that ‘safety and health’ are among the top desired new year goals this time. Lots of people have aimed to quit smoking this year, paying attention to their health and get over the risk of all health problems.

Every year, people commit to doing something at the start of a new year that they want to do but for some reason, never did. The common resolutions include weight loss, aesthetic treatments, dieting, and things like that. But last year has deeply affected every person making them realize the importance of good health, which is why quitting smoking at the start of a new year is the best resolution for 2021.

If you are ready to start the dry January challenge, congratulations. It is a practical and much-needed change that you have to make this year. Hopefully, it will save you from so many diseases including the COVID-19.  Here is a complete guide shared by Alcohol Change UK to help people follow the dry January challenge in the middle of this pandemic.

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Make up your mind

The first thing to quit alcohol this year is to make up your mind and be prepared for what is coming next. Once you are sure about it, you might have to restrict certain activities such as going to a pub, hanging out at a bar, etc. if you think that you can get over this craving and urge, you are ready to start this journey.

Don’t look for alcohol substitutions; although there are certain food sources that may compensate for alcohol it is not a recommended idea to start from alcohol substitution. Be prepared and preferably make a list of all the coming events, and pen down the reasons on why not to drink on these occasions.

Get rid of all the booze that you have kept in your cabinets. This way, you wouldn’t take alcohol even when you are stressed or ‘need it’.

Don’t ignore mental health

The biggest reason which drags people to drinking is because of their mental health. during stress, it is hard to see any solution, and indulging yourself in alcohol seems to be the only help. But these stressful times highlight the importance of prioritizing mental health. eat fresh and healthy, involve yourself in any fitness activity and take out time to talk to your loved ones. All these things would help to get over stress. If everything fails, feel free to get professional help.

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Find a hobby

A hobby can make you relax during your free time. It doesn’t have to bring you any financial gain necessarily. And there are so many options from which you can choose the one you enjoy doing most. People find singing, reading, gardening, or dancing as a good time pass and stress-relieving activities.

Be easy on yourself

Kindness costs nothing and this kindness doesn’t have to be displayed for others only. You should learn to be kind to yourself to get over these stressful times.

Alcohol Change UK recommends everyone to ‘be gentle’ during this dry January challenge, even if the results don’t come out as per your expectations. It is never too late and you can always improve it.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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