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Why I gave up on booze

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OPINION: It's been a Dry January, and I'm not talking about the weather.

A public health campaign in the UK since about 2014, Dry January has since spread via the usual information arteries to the rest of the world (there's even an app).

Just like Dry July and Sober October, only without the cutesy rhyming hook, it asks folks weakened by the Christmas-New Year blow out to consider trading in the Jack Daniel's for a BPA free water bottle, the local pub for a local gym and those cotton-mouthed, bleary eyed mornings, for vim, vigour and great skin.

When u stop drinking for dry January but your life is still a complete disappointment for a bunch of other reasons pic.twitter.com/ocSFwXVScx

And like the giant lady-shaped wowzer I am, I too bring you the joyous message of sobriety. Do you believe in our Lord and Saviour, Sparkling Water with a Slice of Lime? Because they believe in you!

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* Why I gave up my Christmas binge-drinking ways
* OPINION: The grim reality of a month without alcohol
* The dry January topic no-one talks about: sober sex
* The growing ranks of the 'sober-curious'

Jokes aside, not everyone needs to quit drinking. There's a movement to simply monitor and cut back how much and how often you drink, another to #DrinkMindfully, another that just sees a break in your normal patterns of "havin' it large" as a good way to reset your relationship with Jim, Jack and Johnny.

But some folks, like me, might find they........

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