So many reasons to pause
We recently asked you via the newsletter why you don't drink a drop all month of January. Well, we knew that. The responses poured in. For which we thank you. Below you can read a selection of the emails we received.
Why am I participating? I've participated in 'IkPas' before and it always went easy for me. And yet I always fell back into my old drinking pattern of drinking too much. But this time I was really 'up for it'! There was always a reason to raise the glass. I caught myself secretly drinking too. Of course I regretted it afterwards. However, it never got to the point where I was drunk. When I started to feel dependent on a glass of wine, I also realized that I had to do something with it. To darn! And honestly, I'm glad, so glad I'm participating. I say it out loud at a drink and birthday. I signed up at a gym and am going to work on myself. I know this time it's gonna be alright. It took me a week of sleepless nights, but now I sleep like a baby.
I pass for the following reasons:
- Breaking a habit;
- Keeping a good habit and participating in 'I pass';
- Experience independence from alcohol;
- Giving example;
- Experience deeper sleep;
- Getting used to saying no to alcohol;
- improve skin quality;
- My wife does not drink alcohol
- Proving to myself that I can stop more and more easily.
I was a sportsman, and now 62. I accept that I can no longer muster what I used to. Drinking has crept in, due to stress with work and targets to be achieved. I love good food and that includes wine, and often champagne. My blood values had indicated for a few years that I was drinking too much. And now that's over. I am healthy, and can be much healthier. So I'm going to break a pattern. The first 40 days of this year I don't drink a drop. However, non-alcoholic wine and that will also be less. I break through my ingrained pattern. I train those kilos off as soon as we have longer days and my blood values get better. My goal is that afterwards I can deal with alcohol in a very controlled way. And that will happen. My entire environment knows that I do this, so that's a stick behind the door.
Dirk & Patrick
The reason that I participate in IkPas / Dry January with my son is simple: tradition and reducing our excessive alcohol consumption with a stick behind the door. The month of December is one of fun, together with family and friends, good food and drinks. Having a wintery culinary neighborhood BBQ on Boxing Day with a different wine with every course. Champagne corks pop louder than fireworks in Koog aan de Zaan… All very nice and tasteful, only the bottle of wine at the normal dinner became two pieces. (there are three adults drinking). With a beer while cooking and a beer afterwards. That's what you get when your son is (or has been) a chef but is still behind the stove at home. Working in the hospitality industry and drinking are a great combination. But also a dangerous one. Because your body gets used to chatting together at night with a drink.
This is our third year participating together. Father of 63 son of 26 years. And it works fine so far. The first week is difficult. Headache, real appetite for beer and wine. In this second week you will really notice a strong improvement in your physical condition. Dirty talk, so watch out: your urine is now crystal clear instead of dark brown from the waste that needs to be removed from your body. I get up fitter. Have a clear head. Sleep better. Less trouble with 'wobbly legs' (also caused by too much sedentary work in combination with little exercise).
There are several reasons why I take a month off with alcohol:
The reason I'm participating is the following: I was aware that I drank several beers every day with my friends, and of course a few at home in the evening. In November I was hospitalized for the treatment of pneumonia. At a certain point the ward doctor comes by and makes a wrist movement towards the mouth, remarking that 'this could be a little less' according to the laboratory results. Call it a wake-up call. Now I've been dry since the dismissal, with this challenge as a stick behind the door.
Only this month, because I actually drink too much. I don't drink every day, I can't because of work in healthcare. But when I drink, I often can't stick to 1 or 2 glasses. I also notice that I can't handle it very well anymore. I also want to show my 18-year-old daughter that I can live without alcohol.
I am 76 years old and still feel fine. I would like to keep that up as long as possible. I have a lot of interests and still do a lot. Play the piano, paint, make objects, etc. We moved to Spain after my retirement. In short, being able to live a longer healthy life with an occasional glass of wine.