Dry January.

Apparently there are some three million people taking part in Dry January which is not a month for people to avoid rainfall but thirty one days to avoid alcoholic beverages, just the thought of it is enough to make you rush for a drink.

The thought of joining the Temperance movement is not one that I often have I must admit, I’m sure avoiding intoxication for a month would have a beneficial effect on my body although not perhaps on my mind.

Alcohol, even in moderation very soon becomes part of one’s daily ritual and I have to admit I can’t remember the last day I didn’t have a drink. There comes a time in every day when the clock hits lager o’clock and I find myself cracking a few tins until I finally drink the last one as a nightcap.

It seems worse when written down but to be brutally frank with you, dear reader, I have just realised the time and have started my first can of the evening.

There are, it seems, many benefits to taking the pledge, or going on the wagon as they say, the derivation of which allegedly stems from either, prisoners going to jail being allowed one drink before being put on the wagon and taken away and incarcerated, or not drinking because you were travelling on the water wagon.

Should one manage to partake in the Dry January experience, it is said, you will have more money, visibly better skin and not experience a hangover, although if you’re a regular drinker you rarely experience a hangover anyway.

Apparently alcohol dehydrates the body which may explain the feeling when it gets to lager o’clock, when one needs to take on board fluids to offset the dehydration.

The only two things which would encourage me to give up alcohol are the benefits to my liver, which in as little as two weeks will start to repair itself, assuming one believes you have drunk sufficient to damage it in the first place and the benefits to my waistline which could definitely be improved upon.

Having seriously considered taking part in Dry January I have drawn up a list with the pro’s on one side and the con’s on the other. My list on the pro’s side has healthy skin, healthy liver, more money, no hangover, better waste-line, no dehydration, and generally all round better health. Unfortunately it seems all these benefits are outweighed by the con’s side which contains the word lager.

Maybe next year.

About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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1 Response to Dry January.

  1. Jane Gealy says:

    I’m partaking in my first Dry January. I usually ski at this time of the year, so it’s not really feasible to give up the booze. I’ve had quite a few dry months over the years because I’ve found that as I get older my body is not processing alcohol like it used to. Just a week to go and the cycle starts all over again.

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