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Ready For The Rest Of 2018?

“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” – Charles C. Noble

Ready for the rest of 2018?
A Farewell from the Administrators of Dryuary

It is our sincere hope that you have been able to learn from the Dryuary Challenge about yourself and your individual relationship with alcohol. All the staff of Dryuary, from the site administrators to the authors of each day’s post, have personal experience with alcohol and what we must face as human beings. With this annual event, we are doing our best to help others to avoid some of what we have learned to overcome.

Our lives are long and filled with changes. We are able to make our own choices on how we wish to live these lives. Developing reasonable healthy habits will benefit us now and into the future.

Thinking Ahead
We are already preparing for Dryuary 2019. You are all welcome to join us next year; we will be sending out invitations as the time approaches. Please consider making this an annual activity, and invite your family, friends, co-workers, and associates to join us for a Great Start to the New Year.

If you are not interested in receiving any further communications from us, please send a message to unsubscribe@dryuary.org.

Speaking for all the Administrators of Dryuary, we wish you well and only the best in the year ahead. May this experience prepare and strengthen you.

Additional Support
Should you need further help coming to terms with challenges related to alcohol, please consider examining the services of Moderation Management™, sponsor of Dryuary™. Our website is at www.moderation.org.

For more information about Moderation Management, see
http://www.moderation.org/about_mm/whatismm.html.
Moderation Management™ is a 501(c)(3) IRS-registered non-profit organization. Our services are provided free of charge.


Post Submitted By: Kurt S., Dryuary Administrator

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Welcome to Dryuary 2019!

Congratulations- You are about to join us for Dryuary 2019!

We will be sending emails every day in January to help you stay focused; these messages will also appear here on our Dryuary.org website. Your job is to stay focused and resolved. You have just made a great investment in a healthier, more productive you.

To contact us, use your Email system and send to:
dryuary@dryuary.org

Dryuary™ is sponsored by Moderation Management™
Moderation Management™ (MM) is a national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes.

For more information, see www.moderation.org/whatisMM.shtml
Moderation Management™ is a 501(c)(3) IRS-registered non-profit organization.

 

Do you have fond memories of last year’s Dryuary 2018?
It is still online – visit the pages at:
http://www.moderation.org/dryuary/dryuary2018/

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Dryuary Music Selections

See our Dryuary Playlist at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKPEAc3LODyqgB-CEfG99EH6LEpjcBJJ


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Dryuary Links and Resources

MEDIA:
Thousands of people around the world are taking January off from alcohol, and there is no shortage of media stories about it:

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism – Planning Your New Years’ Fitness Coverage
http://businessjournalism.org/2018/01/news-year-fitness/
“Following New Year’s Eve, Dryuary is when some people give up alcohol for the month. Are local restaurants serving up kombucha or mocktails for this contingent? Are local cafes, juice shops, meal prep businesses or other places cashing in on food trends like the ketogenic or keto diet (no sugar, carbs, fruit or potatoes) or the paleo diet (no dairy, legumes, refined sugar or cereal grains)? What does it cost to eat keto or paleo for a week compared to other options?”

Aspen Daily News – Dryuary
https://www.aspendailynews.com/arts_and_entertainment/dryuary/article_3d97e744-f665-11e7-a74e-937f4a03ecbd.html
“The point is that this is a wine column, not a political activist editorial rant. And the point? Besides the fact that there isn’t any dang snow (well, it did kinda, wanna, sorta dump last week for a minute), there is another problem, and it directly affects the wine writer deep down within me: Most of my friends are on some Dryuary kick. Again, enough with the no-snow euphemisms. It’s the post-holiday sober season. Ugh.”

OpenTable.com – Drink Clean: 12 Refreshing Mocktails for Dryuary 2018
https://blog.opentable.com/2018/drink-clean-12-refreshing-mocktails-dryuary-2018/
“Following a boozy holiday season, some choose to go cold turkey for Dryuary, or Dry January. Others give up alcohol for a pregnancy or other reasons or prefer not to drink during the work week. Whatever your motivations, you’ll find an increasing number of restaurants serving up mocktails for Dryuary 2018 and beyond for diners who want a delicious mixed drink without the buzz.”

TheTakeout.com – Welcome to Dryuary, a five-part series where The Takeout’s Gwen Ihnat navigates the month minus alcohol.
https://thetakeout.com/c/dryuary
“Dryuary week 1: Follow my valiant attempt to plunge into 2018 booze-free. One of the many great lines in Girls Trip is when Regina Hall off-handedly remarks, mid-movie: ‘I think my liver is broken.’ I had the same thought around mid-December.”

Time-Out New York – Here are six non-alcoholic mocktails to get you through Dryuary in NYC
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/here-are-six-non-alcoholic-mocktails-to-get-you-through-dryuary-in-nyc-010218
“And, while you could always order a virgin daiquiri or spritz anywhere, these dry innovations come complete with all the garnish, complexity and bite of their boozy brethren without the drunk texts and killer hangovers. What better time than temperance-soaked Dryuary to test-drive the sober route? If only all New Year’s resolutions were this easy to swallow.”

ThisGirlWalksIntoABar – Mocktails for Dryuary (Daily Recipes)
http://www.thisgirlwalksintoabar.com/blog/
“This might come as a surprise but we have decided to participate in the growing trend of abstaining from alcoholic beverages for the month of January. Yes. We’re nuts. But even cocktail bloggers need to take a break once in a while.”

Forbes – Not Doing ‘Dryuary’? You Might Want To Reconsider. New Study Shows How Alcohol Damages DNA
https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2018/01/03/not-doing-dryuary-you-might-want-to-reconsider-as-new-study-shows-how-alcohol-damages-dna/
“Those abstaining from alcohol this month now have extra reason to be smug as a new study, published today in Nature sheds light on how alcohol damages DNA and increases the risk of cancer.
Scientists and doctors have previously linked alcohol to an increased risk of developing at least seven types of cancer, and attribute it to causing almost 20,000 cancer deaths in the USA per year, but until now, the exact way in which alcohol damages DNA has not been clear.”

ValleyAdvocate.com – Monte Belmonte Wines: This January, Give Dry a Try
http://valleyadvocate.com/2018/01/02/monte-belmonte-wines-this-january-give-dry-a-try/
“In the aftermath of the holidays, consider giving you liver a little break and instead intoxicate the remaining brain cells in your skull with some binge watching and reading. Keep yourself hydrated, stockpile some milk thistle, and practice a modicum of temperance — at least for ‘Dryuary.’ And next time, we’ll dive into some delicious, deep-dark reds as we head into the doldrums of winter. But for now, my liver is grateful.”

Checkup & Choices – Take a Vacation from Drinking This Dryuary: How To Stop Drinking For One Month
http://checkupandchoices.com/take-a-vacation-from-drinking-this-dryuary-how-to-stop-drinking-for-one-month/
“Most of us are creatures of habit, and certain habits like overdrinking can be a challenge to change. This is why CheckUp &Choices recommends doing a “30”to help change drinking habits.
   Taking a “30” makes a clean break in your lifestyle. Research has shown that taking a vacation from alcohol can reduce your tolerance, and help prevent overdrinking if or when you decide to drink again. You’ll discover drinking triggers that you may not have been aware of, better understand how you rely on alcohol, and take time for activities that bring you joy. Taking a break from drinking helps facilitate self-awareness: a primary step for lasting change.
   So, if you’re ready to reap the benefits of a break from alcohol this January (or “Dryuary” to those who take the month off from drinking) here are ten tips to help you succeed…”

Raptitude.com – Goodbye Booze, For Now
http://www.raptitude.com/2017/01/goodbye-booze-for-now/comment-page-1/
“There seem to be three basic relationships a person can have with drinking. There are drinkers, dabblers and teetotalers.
Teetotalers never touch the stuff. Dabblers may have a glass of wine or a beer now and then, or even regularly, but they only occasionally have enough that they’d have to call a cab. They see drunkenness as an accident, a morally salient line one should avoid crossing. Drinkers get drunk on purpose, and obviously believe it’s worthwhile.”

USNews.com & Yahoo.com/News & Msn.com –
4 Surprising Things That Happen to Your Body During Dryuary

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2017-01-25/4-surprising-things-that-happen-to-your-body-during-dryuary
https://www.yahoo.com/news/4-surprising-things-happen-body-during-dryuary-131924257.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/4-surprising-things-that-happen-to-your-body-during-dryuary/ar-AAme0Ln
Three outlets feature the same article on Dryuary by Journalist Heather Hausenblas:
“People who join in alcohol abstinence challenges like Dryuary tend to drink less – and have greater confidence in their ability to say no to alcohol – once the month is over, according to a 2016 study published in Health Psychology. The researchers also found that a month-long hiatus from booze is unlikely to result in ‘rebound effects,’ or drinking more following the dry spell to ‘make up’ for lost time.”

Handelsblatt.com – DRYUARY – TROCKENER JANUAR
Was ein alkoholfreier Monat alles bringt

http://www.handelsblatt.com/panorama/reise-leben/dryuary-trockener-januar-dry-january-challenge-wer-haelt-durch/19258096-2.html
This is Page 2 of a three part series that features Dryuary:

“Gemeinnützige Organisationen wie Alcohol Concern und Moderation Management in Großbritannien und den USA geben sich seit Jahren Mühe, die Idee zum Trend zu machen. Sie erfanden etliche Kunstworte für den wochenlangen Alkoholverzicht. Neben „Dryuary“ ist auch zum Beispiel „Drynuary“ häufig zu finden.”
(“Non-profit organizations such as Alcohol Concern and Moderation Management in the UK and the USA give for years effort to make the idea of the trend. They invented some artificial words for the week-long alcohol dispensation. In addition to “dryuary”, for example “drynuary” is often found.”)

PourModels.com intro to Dryuary TV Segement

PourModels.com intro to Dryuary TV Segement (Click for Page)

AleanElston.com – 3 Dryuary Recipes from my TV segment on What’s On Tap
http://aleanelston.com/2017/01/3-dryuary-recipes-from-my-tv-segment-on-whats-on-tap/
Local TV, South Jersey News – See the “What’s On Tap” episode HERE. (Jump to 10:02 for the segment.)
“Somehow somebody let me back on TV! lol If you are reading this its probably because you are looking for the information about the Dryuary products that I talked about on What’s On Tap. And if you are here by chance or because you missed that episode, don’t forget to check it out by clicking here. Here goes!”

Tctmd.com – Be It Resolved: How Alcohol Harms or Helps the Heart Remains Controversial—and Confusing
https://www.tctmd.com/news/be-it-resolved-how-alcohol-harms-or-helps-heart-remains-controversial-and-confusing
“Broadly speaking, we know that alcohol at that one to two standard drinks per day level in men and one standard drink in women has proven benefits in reducing the incidence of heart attacks, reducing the incidence of cardiovascular mortality, and even reducing total mortality and stroke,” Kistler said. “But it’s a J-shaped curve, so as we go beyond four to five standard drinks per day then [alcohol] becomes dangerous. And I do think we, as physicians, kind of struggle with implementing that moderation message.”

Blog: GodWalkedIntoThisBar.blogspot.com – Dryuary Countdown Special
https://godwalkedintothisbar.blogspot.com/2017/01/dryuary-countdown-special.html
“The book that 4 people are talking about! Available on Amazon for $.99 for the next 5 days.
Guaranteed results if you read this book! (okay, you can’t just read it, you have to do some other things, too. This recovery thing just doesn’t happen by reading, although I spent many years just ‘reading’ about it.)”

TheChronicleHerald.ca, Halifax Canada – Alcohol-free: ‘Dryuary’ trend gains momentum
http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1431308-alcohol-free-%E2%80%98dryuary%E2%80%99-trend-gains-momentum
“Don’t be surprised if your friends decline an invite to the wine bar or turn down a cold beer this month. Dry January is becoming a popular way to detox after holiday indulgences and start the new year on a healthier note.
The New York Times recently profiled a man who has been practising a booze-free January on his own for the last decade. He believes a month without alcohol allows him to sleep better, have lucid dreams, and lose about 10 pounds.
But for those who thrive with peer support, there’s Dryuary. The annual event started in 2014 and more than 5,000 people have participated so far — vowing to abstain from alcohol for the month of January.”

TheLuxicon.com – Surviving Dryuary
http://theluxicon.co/surviving-dryuary/
“I don’t take issue with this practice alone or the notion that it’s sometimes necessary to scale back on indulgence. Dryuary, Drynuary or Dry January, all of which sound disturbingly close to a medical condition that one ought to avoid, approaches obnoxious when one cannot complete the task of abstaining one month without continuous reminders on Twitter, Insta, Snap, FB and any and all other platforms which presents an opportunity to visually shout, “I’m better than you!” ”

Wired.com – Delicious Non-Boozy Beer, Wine, and Spirits for Dry January
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/delicious-non-boozy-beer-wine-spirits-dry-january/
“The first weekend of Dry January is upon us, which means you may find yourself more tempted than usual to reach for a drink. Pro-tip: Find alternatives you can get excited about. Here are some brilliantly conceived beverages you’ll be delighted to drink—even when you’re not being a sober soldier.”

Vice.com – How to Not Be an A**hole if You’re Doing Dryuary
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/how-to-not-be-an-asshole-if-youre-doing-dryuary
“Quitting booze for one month a year doesn’t make you a hero.
I, like many others who went far too hard on the rum and eggnogs in December, will be ringing in 2017 with Dryuary, aka Drynuary, the annual tradition Urban Dictionary describes as ‘the art of not drinking alcohol for the entire month of January.’ And it’s an art indeed.”

Chicago Tribune – Chicago bars have mocktails at the ready as Dry January catches on
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-dry-january-chicago-bars-0105-biz-20170105-story.html
“A month without drinking can feel long and arduous to some, especially when that month is January in Chicago. The days are short, the cold is unrelenting and a cocktail or two might seem like a good cure for the winter blues. Yet five years after Dry January launched in England, it’s catching on in Chicago, and scores of folks are depriving themselves of alcohol for 31 chilly days. Call it a new year’s resolution, a cleanse or a money-saving tactic. Whatever it is, Chicago bars are prepared, mocktails at the ready.”

YourBestWorstFriend.com – Everybody’s Sober But Me
http://www.yourbestworstfriend.com/home/2017/1/4/everybodys-sober-but-me
“I’m going to learn how to treat drinking as a nice thing to do occasionally. I am going to say no. I am going to sit in discomfort and nerves and learn how to deal with them in different ways. I am going to wonder if I’m saying the smart thing at the party. I’m going to be more jittery on the subway. I’m going to think more about my interactions.”

Yahoo Sports – “Dry Jan”, Week 1: Breaking Up With Booze
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dry-jan-week-1-breaking-093900338.html
“If you think you can’t stop drinking, you should probably try to do it,” a close friend told me back in September. The friend was, at the time, celebrating one year sober with the help of AA. Now, I’ve been given a lot of advice about my drinking over the years, but it’s often the type I choose to ignore: “We’re going home after this one,” my friend will say as I order another round of tequila shots; “Maybe you’d have enough money to buy a house if you didn’t spend it all on alcohol,” quip my hilarious parents.

ApartmentTherapy.com – I’m Taking on Dryuary and Abstaining from Alcohol for the Month
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/real-life-resolution-giving-up-drinking-for-dryuary-240047
“People don’t even agree on how this thing is spelled—Drynuary, Dryuary—so I’m not going into it thinking everyone will agree with my choice. Some experts say Dryuary, as we’ll be spelling it here, encourages binge drinking. Others say it’s one of the best ways to kick off a healthy new year. I’m sure the truth is somewhere in between.”

OhSoBeautifulPaper.com – A Mock Tai
http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/2016/01/friday-happy-hour-a-mock-tai-mocktail-recipe/
“So, last month’s exploration of classic cocktails was cut a little short. We decided, with very little notice, to undertake a major house renovation project, the complete redo of our only full bathroom. Over the holidays. Yeah, we’re smart people. Anyway, we’re back this month to do something we’ve never done before: spend some time trying out mocktail recipes. Yup. This January is now Dry-uary. Let’s start with a mocktail version of one of our favorite Tiki drinks: A Mock Tai – Andrew”

GoBankingRates.com – Taking the Dryuary Challenge: How Much Americans Drink and Spend on Booze
https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/taking-dryuary-challenge-much-americans-drink-spend-booze/
“Most American adults spend $463 per year on alcoholic beverages.
If a month of holiday parties makes you want to swear off alcohol for a while, you’re not alone. Thousands of people across the U.S. participate in Dryuary, taking a pledge not to drink alcohol in January. Although some take part in the New Year’s resolution to achieve a feeling of control over their habits and life, taking a 31-day alcoholiday also makes financial sense.”

MedicalDaily.com – Life Without Alcohol: 2 Women, One 30-Day Physical And Mental Challenge
http://www.medicaldaily.com/life-without-alcohol-2-women-one-30-day-physical-and-mental-challenge-307734
“Every study I’ve ever read straight up says this is bad, unhealthy behavior — a strain on every organ in your body that can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and liver disease. For the life of me, though, I cannot color within the lines every single time.”

HuffingtonPost – Could You Survive One Month Without Alcohol? Here’s How I Made It
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-and-debbie-abbott/could-you-survive-just-on_b_5864424.html
“I’m still just as fun as before. And, so are you. So, don’t alter your plans.”

HuffingtonPost – How To Stay Social While Cutting Out Alcohol For ‘Drynuary’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/08/drynuary_n_6438672.html
[It was] a month of exploring our city, going to places we normally otherwise wouldn’t, maybe explore instead of going to the restaurant or bar. It was fun.”

UrbanDictionary.com – Dryuary
The art of not drinking alcohol for the entire month of January. Participation normally arises on the 1st January from all walks of life along with phrases like ‘I will never drink again’.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dryuary

Slate.com – What a Psychologist Specializing in Addiction Treatment Thinks About Drynuary
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/01/19/drynuary_and_moderation_management_s_dryuary_a_psychologist_specializing.html

EveryDayHealth.com – ‘Dryuary’: Taking a Month Off the Sauce
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/trevis-gleason-life-with-multiple-sclerosis/dryuary-month-off-alcohol/

University of Washington – “Dryuary” 2014
https://www.washington.edu/wholeu/2014/01/21/dryuary-2014/

Business Insider – Dry January is terrible and you should stop doing it
http://www.businessinsider.com/dry-january-is-terrible-2016-1

Refinery29.com – Quit Drinking For A Month — & These 12 Things Happened
http://www.refinery29.com/quit-drinking-for-a-month#slide

Seattle Times  – Dry January Reactions: Shaken and Stirred
http://www.seattletimes.com/life/dry-january-reactions-shaken-and-stirred/

Dry January Tips from “Eat This”
http://www.eatthis.com/dry-january-tips

Time Magazine – Here’s What Happens When You Give Up Drinking for New Year’s
http://time.com/4162629/new-years-resolution-drinking/?xid=emailshare

NPR – Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/01/21/264568151/dry-january-giving-up-booze-for-a-month-does-have-benefits 

TheFix.com – 7 Ways to Prepare For An Alcohol Free January
https://www.thefix.com/how-do-dry-january

PsychCentral.com – Self-Care: Stop Neglecting Yourself
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/childhood-neglect/2016/01/for-2016-stop-neglecting-yourself/ 

InquiringMind.com – Urge Surfing – Substance-use urges rarely last longer than 30 minutes
http://www.inquiringmind.com/Articles/SurfingTheUrge.html

The Moderation Management Public Forum – About Lapses and Relapses
http://forum.moderation.org/showthread.php?63258-Lapses-amp-Relapses

Ocsober.com.au – Mocktails from a Mixologist in Oz
http://ocsober.com.au/about/mocktails/

REFERENCE BOOKS:
Good reading material, filled with knowledge and support for transformation

Responsible Drinking
by Frederick Rotgers Psy.D., Marc F. Kern Ph.D., & Rudy Hoeltzel
Good reading material, filled with knowledge and support for transformation
http://www.moderation.org/readings/books.html#responsibledrinking

Changing for Good

by Prochaska, Norcross, and DiClemente
The authors describe the stages of change and what must be done at each stage before moving on to the next.
http://www.moderation.org/readings/books.html#changeforgood

Sober for Good: New Solutions For Drinking Problems
by Anne M. Fletcher
For this best-selling book, author Anne Fletcher went straight to the experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem.
http://www.moderation.org/readings/books.html#soberforgood

How to Control Your Drinking 2nd Edition
By William R. Miller, Ph.D., and Ricardo F. Munoz, Ph.D.
Many professionals in the alcohol field now accept that moderation is a reasonable and responsible goal for some (though certainly not all) people seeking to control their use of alcohol and to avoid developing more serious drinking problems. We have found that early stage problem drinkers can be quite successful in learning moderation.
http://www.moderation.org/readings/books.html#controlyourdrinking

Moderation Management “Steps of Change”
by Rudy Hoeltzel
Many of the people who look into MM have already tried to get rid of their drinking problem with a big, all-at-once effort of the will – but without success. This program takes quite a different approach. The better approach is to break the change process down into a number of smaller, more manageable steps.
(A free download, PDF)
http://www.moderation.org/about_mm/steps_of_change.html

DRYUARY FORUM:

 

Well, Hush My Mouth! Dryuary Shirts Are Still Available!

I was telling everyone that the Dryuary Shirts were no longer available, but someone went and ordered a Dryuary 2019 AFAF shirt and the campaign re-opened. So, if holiday season is already starting to wear you down and you’re starting to look with bleary eyes at Dryuary 2019 as the shoreline you want to wash ashore on after an arduous swim in the Holiday Sea of Booze, there’s a clean, dry shirt waiting for you!
 
Make sure to order early enough to get it in time for Dryuary 2019!
 
Here are the links:

Needed: Dryuary Participants For Wall Street Journal Interview

The Wall Street Journal’s health columnist would like to write an article about Dryuary (this would be a huge, big deal for Dryuary!) and they would like to conduct a 10 minute phone interview with a person who is planning on participating in Dryuary 2019 or a past Dryuary participant. Qualifications (this is where it gets a little sticky): Must be a past Dryuary participant; must not identify as a problem drinker; must be intending to resume drinking in February; finally, must be willing to provide real name, age, address.

If you meet these qualifications and are interested in being interviewed, please contact me at karymayhickey@gmail.com

No Excuse Necessary! Buy A Dryuary 2019 Shirt

In other parts of the world, Alcohol-Free months such as Dry July or Oct-sober are used to raise funds for other charitable causes.  We decided that our Dryuary partipants can choose their own cause. If they want,  they can build their own team, and their shirts, in their team colors, can represent any cause they want!

No More Excuses, Just Darn Good Reasons Not To Drink For A Month!

Want to donate the money you save from not drinking this month to Make A Wish? We adore you!

Want to buy a family in an impoverished village a goat or a herd of goats? We applaud you!

Want to buy yourself a new pair of running shoes to contribute to your own well-being? You rock!

Want to use your extra money to rescue a puppy from the pound? Ahhh…

Buy a shirt, change the world!

Orders must be submitted before November 28, 2018! Here’s the links to the shirts!

Dryuary AFAF 2019 Shirts link:

https://www.bonfire.com/dryuary-afaf-2019/

And, for Sunday dinner with Mom:

https://www.bonfire.com/no-thanks-im-dry-ving-dryuary-2019-1/

A minimum order of 5 of each shirt is necessary to print. If minimum is not met, a full refund is issued. But we’re not worried, we’re going to start a fashion revolution! The Dryuary 2019 AFAF Shirt is going to print! We only need 3 more orders of the No Thanks I’m Dry-ving shirt!