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#1 maryanneK

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:34 PM

I've signed up for Dry July...I think it's going to be really hard. Anyone else joining in and want to share?

#2 spr_maiden

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:36 PM

I was going to unofficially do it. I always am a little too late to the party lol.
Hope you raise lots of cash!

#3 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:54 PM

I want to... but... doubt I could do it properly.
But I’ll follow this thread for some motivation!

Maybe I’ll try half-dry July. Try to keep alocohol for major events and celebrations, skip the mid week wine with dinner.

#4 Zippypeaks

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:59 PM

I'm in!

#5 Apple14

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:18 PM

I am unofficially doing it.
I’ve done dry June, but had 1 night right in the middle which means I failed, but 1 night in all of June I’m happy with!
Am carrying on and doing dry July now.
(I am not a heavy drinker but could easily have something 3nights a week which I’m not ok with. I was dry for over 3 years in my mid 20s so am good at cutting it right out if I feel like I’m overindulging)

#6 lozoodle

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:23 PM

Yep I'm doing it. Trust me after a week or so you will feel amazing and not even want to drink.

#7 nom_de_plume

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:35 PM

I’m sitting here with a glass of red so um, no. Maybe I’ll do Ocsober instead!

#8 Rummonkey

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:35 PM

Lasted 16 hours...have to try again next year

#9 spr_maiden

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:44 PM

View Postnom_de_plume, on 01 July 2019 - 06:35 PM, said:

I’m sitting here with a glass of red so um, no. Maybe I’ll do Ocsober instead!

Wait,  what?
July has already started?
Mentioned I was always late yeah?

#10 ceeshell

Posted 01 July 2019 - 07:21 PM

No. I thought about but have decided that giving up alcohol while I am still in the bum-wiping stage of parenting would be unreasonable and ill-advised.

Edited by ceeshell, 01 July 2019 - 07:22 PM.


#11 Mollycoddle

Posted 01 July 2019 - 08:50 PM

Yes. I hadn't had a drink for 3 weeks (so 2 weekends - I don't drink during the week) but fell off the wagon on Saturday. It was a good reminder of why I'd decided to stop ie that constant low level tired and lethargic feeling. I felt so good for those 3 weeks so I'm back on the wagon.

#12 *Nasty*Squeekums*

Posted 01 July 2019 - 08:57 PM

Nope going on holiday at the end of the week. No way am I not drinking while away

#13 WTFJerk

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:01 PM

You do realise it’s school holidays now?  NFW

#14 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:06 PM

yeh....i considered it - but school holidays AND we’re skiing in 2 weeks time....the first time someone offers me a wee whiskey in the coffee and i’m done...


#15 Kreme

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:13 PM

No way, July is school holidays. I have to spend all day every day with my kids so I will need something to look forward to.

Though I have cut back my alcohol consumption to no more than 2 days a week and I do feel better for it.

#16 maryanneK

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:17 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 01 July 2019 - 05:54 PM, said:

I want to... but... doubt I could do it properly.
But I’ll follow this thread for some motivation!

Maybe I’ll try half-dry July. Try to keep alocohol for major events and celebrations, skip the mid week wine with dinner.

I thought about this, but decided that a)that was cheating and b)I"d probably actually find it harder.

The only time in my adult life (say, from 20 onwards) that I would have gone 31 days without a drink was when I was pregnant. I think it will be almost easier to just have a blanket no drinking for the month rule than to try and haggle with myself about just having one a day, or just on weekends, etc

#17 maryanneK

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:21 PM

View Postceeshell, on 01 July 2019 - 07:21 PM, said:

No. I thought about but have decided that giving up alcohol while I am still in the bum-wiping stage of parenting would be unreasonable and ill-advised.

Yes, I think putting children to bed at night should have a 3 drink minimum...

I did read that women with children in their 30s and 40s are the fastest growing problem drinkers now. I'd believe it.

#18 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:25 PM

View PostmaryanneK, on 01 July 2019 - 09:17 PM, said:



I thought about this, but decided that a)that was cheating and b)I"d probably actually find it harder.

The only time in my adult life (say, from 20 onwards) that I would have gone 31 days without a drink was when I was pregnant. I think it will be almost easier to just have a blanket no drinking for the month rule than to try and haggle with myself about just having one a day, or just on weekends, etc

yes sadly my two pregnancies have been the reason for my most prolonged dry spells. although one memorable fortnight when i had been struck with some kind of type A influenza...bed ridden, couldn’t really eat anything - booze was out of the question - when i finally emerged from my near death bed i was up the shops and ran into a girlfriend “OMG you’ve lost weight - and your skin looks great!” - i was pale and emaciated and 24 hours prior could barely breath but, yeh...that’s what going without the vino for two weeks will do!


#19 WaitForMe

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:26 PM

I'm doing it!

Actually I meant to start a topic on here for some moral support but kept forgetting so, thankyou OP!

I actually didn't know it was a charity fundraising thing, so I won't be doing that part of it. I kinda did Dry January, but I started a little late so it was Mostly Dry January and a Bit of February.

Its going to be tough come Friday as my mum is staying with us. She loves her wine as much as I do!

#20 ytt

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:31 PM

View Postceeshell, on 01 July 2019 - 07:21 PM, said:

No. I thought about but have decided that giving up alcohol while I am still in the bum-wiping stage of parenting would be unreasonable and ill-advised.

I haven't wiped my child's bottom for  something like 14 odd years..... Not giving up alcohol lol.... and just think I only started drinking when I had kids, scary!

#21 maryanneK

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:35 PM

View PostWaitForMe, on 01 July 2019 - 09:26 PM, said:

I'm doing it!

Actually I meant to start a topic on here for some moral support but kept forgetting so, thankyou OP!

I actually didn't know it was a charity fundraising thing, so I won't be doing that part of it. I kinda did Dry January, but I started a little late so it was Mostly Dry January and a Bit of February.

Its going to be tough come Friday as my mum is staying with us. She loves her wine as much as I do!

I actually find the fundraising part really useful, gives me a reason to do it, a reason to challenge myself and a reason not to cheat. If it was just me I'd be like, meh, I COULD ease off the wine for a a week or a month....but why...?

It only started today, you can still sign up!

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 01 July 2019 - 09:25 PM, said:

yes sadly my two pregnancies have been the reason for my most prolonged dry spells. although one memorable fortnight when i had been struck with some kind of type A influenza...bed ridden, couldn’t really eat anything - booze was out of the question - when i finally emerged from my near death bed i was up the shops and ran into a girlfriend “OMG you’ve lost weight - and your skin looks great!” - i was pale and emaciated and 24 hours prior could barely breath but, yeh...that’s what going without the vino for two weeks will do!

I'm actually a bit worried this will happen to me...

#22 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:38 PM

I'm having surgery tomorrow so won't be drinking this month. Does that count?

#23 WaitForMe

Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:44 PM

View PostmaryanneK, on 01 July 2019 - 09:35 PM, said:

I actually find the fundraising part really useful, gives me a reason to do it, a reason to challenge myself and a reason not to cheat. If it was just me I'd be like, meh, I COULD ease off the wine for a a week or a month....but why...?

It only started today, you can still sign up!



I'm actually a bit worried this will happen to me...

Nah, its not my kind of thing.

I have enough reason - my health. I drink far too much. I guzzle coffee all day to stay awake then wine to unwind. My only saving grace is that I'm alcohol free on weekends (I know that seems strange but its easier than weekdays!). I need to hit pause and its nice to be able to just say "I'm doing Dry July" than "I've decided to take a temporary break from alcohol".

#24 maryanneK

Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:15 AM

One day in. Disappointed to not feel like a new woman this morning! Don't feel any more healthy, glowing, and productive than yesterday ☺️

#25 lozoodle

Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:39 AM

View PostWaitForMe, on 01 July 2019 - 09:44 PM, said:

Nah, its not my kind of thing.

I have enough reason - my health. I drink far too much. I guzzle coffee all day to stay awake then wine to unwind. My only saving grace is that I'm alcohol free on weekends (I know that seems strange but its easier than weekdays!). I need to hit pause and its nice to be able to just say "I'm doing Dry July" than "I've decided to take a temporary break from alcohol".

I agree, saying you're doing dry july is way easier. People seem more accepting of that and don't push whereas if you just say you're not drinking for a while for whatever reason they look at you like you have two heads and try to get  you to drink.




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