“It’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it that makes the difference.”
– W. Mitchell
Welcome to Dryuary!
What brings you to this place?
Each of us came here with a unique path, and their own motivations. Nevertheless, each of us has the same desire- to experience one month a year without drinking alcohol. For many of us, this will be a casual experience. For others, this is a Brave New World which they have never before experienced, only contemplated. We will try to make this as easy a month of transition and change as we can, encouraging you along your journey. Part of this is knowing you are not alone- there is quite a crowd experiencing Dryuary along with you, and their shared experience is expressed in each day’s Posts.
Alcohol has virtues along with problems. Booze is a social lubricant, and removes us from the everyday passions of life. It also is a system depressant that makes it unable to drive well or safely, and divides us from family and friends. Over the long term, it damages our bodies and our minds. It is also socially acceptable- Our world is utterly awash in alcohol. Separating us from it, even for 1/12th of a year, is a serious challenge. You have chosen to accept that challenge, and it is our task to support you during this time.
To know where you are going, start with where you are.
Take a few minutes to think about where you are now, and where you want to be. You are starting a long month with a commitment to an activity that you have perhaps never contemplated before. How much have you been drinking, and how much SHOULD you be drinking? National guidelines say that everyone should have three or four non-drinking days per week. Men should not drink more than 4 drinks per day and 14 drinks per week, and women no more than 3 per day and 7 drinks per week, to enjoy alcohol at non-harmful levels. Most of us can blow past this guidance on a single evening out- Is this a sustainable plan going forward? Dryuary is all about change, and making a Better You – This is an opportunity to make decisions that can extend for the rest of your lift.
Shh… It’s a secret… Dryuary has a secret – People helping people is the best way to help ourselves. Please consider reaching out, in Dryuary post comments or on the Dryuary 2020 Forum, to offer support to others or for extra help. Yes, the Dryuary 2020 Forum has a separate login- Register at http://forum.moderation.org/register with the Secret Name- Dryuary
And… We are accepting Dryuary 2020 posts through the month of January. If you want to make a contribution, please write us for guidelines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By ourselves, we can only do so much. But together, we can do anything.
Onward to 2020!
Post Submitted by: Kurt S., Dryuary Administrator