Anne Cooper goes Dry in January


20 / 1 / 2014 3.43pm

Anne has committed to Dry January and is also the proud owner of a new Fitbit device to increase her physical activity, in a way that fits in with her lifestyle. As part of our Dry January campaign, Anne has shared her thoughts on going dry.

Anne's blog


"I met my husband in 1985 and I admit I was scared when I went to meet his parents properly for the first time; you see they were a big family and I was expected to go to tea on a Friday when everyone would be there and it was a big deal!  But there is something else I remember – oh the sophistication of it – we had a bottle of Lambrusco red wine to share. Can you remember back in those days? I don’t know about you but we rarely drank at home. My parents didn’t drink and although my hubby’s Mum occasionally offered me a G&T and there was wine every Friday for the family meal (Lambrusco – the 80s wine of choice), we never had wine at home.

These days things have changed and it is my reflections on these changes that drive me to sign up to #DryJanuary.

I find myself in a world where we are better off and wine with a meal is no longer the treat it once was and has become more ‘normal’ somehow. This makes it much harder to follow sensible drinking guidelines. We are members of a wine club and we have a few bottles stashed at home and it’s not Lambrusco any more! I decided it was time to take myself back to my healthier habits of the 1980s and what better way to start than #Dry January?

So on New Year’s Day I finished my annual Christmas bottle of Avocaat in a final festive snowball and am committed to a healthy drink free January. Why don’t you join me? I did this last year and slept better and lost a few pounds with little effort. It also made me more alcohol aware during the rest of the year.

I will keep updating on my Twitter profile to let you know how I get on - @anniecoops and why don’t you join me for the rest of the month?"

Post script

Since drafting this blog we have had devastating news with a friend who is only in his early 50's becoming unwell. The realisation that we are not getting any younger and need to stay healthy and well has been brought into sharp focus. On hearing bad news reaching for a glass of wine might have been a comforting thing to do actually it has made me more determined to stay dry.

Read more about Dean Royles and his Dry January

Dean Royles is also taking part in Dry January - you can read his weekly blogs and see what a difference a period of time off is having on his health and well being.

Dry January 2014

Find out more about the pilot campaign and sign up for the last few days - it's never too late to take part.

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