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Somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. Gyms get more and more empty as the year winds on, the lure of social media grows increasingly harder to resist, and travel plans get delayed day-by-day until it’s suddenly been a year again. But if you can stick to one particular common resolution — to cut out drinking for a bit — it may have dividends that pay off down the line.

That’s the finding of a study out of the University of Sussex in England, where researchers decided to see how giving up drinking for a month — the 31-day period popularly known as “Dry January” — affected participants’ tendencies for imbibing later on. They found that those who successfully abstained for the duration of the month continued to drink less even once drinking resumed. Additionally, at points both one and six months later, those participants reported they were better able to resist the urge to drink in “social settings when others are drinking, for emotion regulation, and opportunistic drinking.” Put simply, there was an impressive reduction in drunkeness in their lives in general after the month was over.

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Anyone want to take the Dry January Challenge?
Teetotalers not welcome. :lol:



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Post Re: Dry January
:-D no good for me, i've been trying to increase my drinking, i'm down to 2 to 6 heinekens a month and it sux

i miss the good ole days of a bottle of champers a day and then some :lol:



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Anyone? Buehler?
Looks like I'm on my own in this Quest. Ni!



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:lol: the bridge of death :lol:

many a true word spoken in jest :-D

your good health sir :toast:



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I've made it halfway through without a whimper so far.
So to celebrate, please have a beer for me! :beer2:
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congrats LanDroid :up:

oh cheers m8. :-D

actually i have been drinking a bit more, which is good as it's very therapeutic for a guy like me.

my oldest is staying at home ATM and keeps bringing home expensive champagnes, it has certainly been party time at youkrst's, why only last night my wife was poking tongues at me and making bruce lee kicks in my direction, she can kick my ass from here to sunday anytime :lol:



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It's a great idea, but already I've tippled my way through half the month. Didn't see this in time. Ah, but February--there's an obvious opportunity in making it dry through itty-bitty February.



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Yes, but unfortunately it's a leap year, so there's the matter of that extra day... :lol:



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Anyone want to try the "Dry January" Challenge starting in a few days? (Tee-totallers or those drinking only 2 beers/week not welcome. Ni!)



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Anyone want to try the "Dry January" Challenge starting in a few days? (Tee-totallers or those drinking only 2 beers/week not welcome. Ni!)

I'm in this year! It'll be really interesting to see the difference that no rountinized drinking will make.



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Anyone want to try the "Dry January" Challenge starting in a few days? (Tee-totallers or those drinking only 2 beers/week not welcome. Ni!)


Are you saying "Ni!" to that old woman?

I gave up alcohol in August 2015.


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LanDroid wrote:
Anyone want to try the "Dry January" Challenge starting in a few days? (Tee-totallers or those drinking only 2 beers/week not welcome. Ni!)


Are you saying "Ni!" to that old woman?

I gave up alcohol in August 2015.

What has been the difference, Robert? And would you mind saying why you quit?



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Anyone want to try the "Dry January" Challenge starting in a few days? (Tee-totallers or those drinking only 2 beers/week not welcome. Ni!)

I'll give it a try.

Although I should mention I gave up alcohol more than 25 years ago, so I reckon I'll make it through this January. :lol:

NOTE: Oops, I just saw the note about teetotalers.


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I'm not going to participate but I applaud those of you that feel doing so is the right decision. For whatever reason I have never been a big drinker. I've got a pretty nice liquor cabinet and I do enjoy drinking, but the responsibilities of being a husband and father keep me from imbibing more than a few times each month.

Let me make a quick edit. I spent many years drinking almost every weekend. And I got plastered and acted nutty like most drunk guys do. But that was in my twenties.



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What has been the difference, Robert? And would you mind saying why you quit?

I have never been a big alcohol drinker, although in the last few years I got into the habit of drinking one or two glasses of wine most days, and also drinking spirits and beer now and then.

I gave up alcohol during a holiday at Uluru in Central Australia in August 2015, as part of a broader effort to improve my health. Since 2012 I have lost 18 kilograms (40 lb) in weight, from 91 kg to 73 kg. I ride my bicycle about 100 km every week, and do not eat between 8pm and 12 noon, intermittent fasting for sixteen hours every day.

My main reasons to give up alcohol were as a test of personal focus so I can concentrate on ideas, for health reasons, and because I do not like the way alcohol is promoted as a universal sedative.

Interestingly, I gave up tobacco for 25 years from when I last visited Uluru in 1983, although I did start smoking again occasionally in about 2008.


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