31 January 16
Posted at 3:42
The term 'dry' can mean different things to different people. Whether it be work drying up or the more commonly coined phrase 'Dry January' in which people give up booze for a month in the hope it will forgive their sins after a undoubtedly heavy Christmas period.
I, like the ever growing amount of people who choose to abstain from alcohol, did just that. December was busy for me, a bunch of shows, Christmas parties, endless Jager in the flat, a tour with Brawlers meant that I had a beer (or two, or three, or four....) every day for the entirity of December. Whilst I've never really had a problem with alcohol, alot like others around my age and working freelance or just within music, it is all too easy to just have a beer after a job or after work with your friends which then turns in a habit; a habit which you probably didn't intend. It was whilst having a beer with my Mum at Winter Wonderland that she jokingly, but with an ounce of seriousness in her voice said 'Why don't you do 'Dry January'. I laughed it off, I mean I tried it last year, then ended up going to Germany a couple of times for work and beer in Germany is just so good, so I failed. I tried doing it in May.. ended up going on tour with Brawlers. This, I believe will be my first full month without alcohol potentially since I turned 18, nearly 10 years. Thats a strange and scary prospect, to even consider that I haven't gone a full month in 10 years without a beer. The weird or maybe not so werid bit of it is, is that I haven't actually found it that hard to put a stop to it, I thought it would be a lot harder and bizarrely the only times I have actually fancied a beer is when I have been photographing shows, not when I have been in the pub, not when I have been sat with my flatmates drinking, but when I have been in the situation of taking photos at shows...
I, however chose to up the stakes and potentially make it harder for myself. I chose to give up coffee as well, I love coffee. I mean, I have a mug of coffee tattooed on my leg. But, I know it's not always great for me. January has been quite tough for work coming in. I've used the term 'Dry January' a lot more to people in regards to my work load this month, rather than in terms of the sauce. I'm nowhere near worried as I know thisis something that happens every year and I was just incredibly fortunate to have a busy January last year. However, I know putting coffee in to my body when I'm not working has a terrible affect on my brain and worry kicks in, it accelerates the potential bad thoughts and the doom, that might be the fact that one day I might not be able to pay rent (to my flat mates and Mum who are probably reading this. Everythings is fine and I can definitely pay rent).
Don't get me wrong I have had a couple of bits of work come through the door, including my first cover for Rock Sound, trips out of London and a couple of shows including new clients, it's also given me time to keep on top of updating my website. it's been an interesting month, I knew it was going to be quiet, which was the original reason for me hold back the drinking, save a bit of money etc. But now I have come to the end of it, I've definitely enjoyed it and whilst, I don't intend on fully giving up the sauce; the thought had actually passed my mind a few times. I will be cutting it down and making the effort to stay healthier. Coffee on the other hand, I havent actually missed it, not one bit and I've changed my morning routine accordingly, instead of getting out of bed in the morning and getting a coffee then returning to bed with said coffee, I've been getting up and going to the gym, nearly every morning and coming back for a peppermint tea and I'm sure you'll agree this is definitely healthier for both brain and body.
What I will say, however is if you do believe you have a problem with alcohol, talk to somebody.
Tomorrow is February and theres some rad stuff coming.