According to Google Trends, 'Dry January' has experienced a serious uptick in searches over the past two years. In the UK, public officials have long supported the annual respite, and the hashtags #dryjanuary and #dryuary have been trending across social media.
In fact, there's even an app to support your New Year's resolution - find it here.
Whether you've done it for health, to save money, or because you feel that your drinking had gotten problematic, remember - you're doing it for positive reasons. With this in mind, many local bars and restaurants offer 'mocktails' or house-made sodas as an alternative to delight your tastebuds.
However you decide to go about Dry Jaanuary, the Washington Post offers these tips:
- Ask for a soda with lime. It'll look like you’re drinking a gin and tonic, which will help avoid the, "why aren't you drinking" questions.
- Be sure to tip your bartender and waitresses the same for mocktails as you would any other drink.
- Talk to people about what you're doing.
- Keep in mind that there are many places to have fun that aren't bars.