What is Dry January?
For the (somehow) uninitiated, Dry January is a colloquial term to describe abstaining from alcohol for the first month of the year as a kind of abbreviated New Year's resolution. You probably know someone who's tried it and won't shut up about it, even if you don't recognize the name.
Despite its continuing and mounting prevalence, there's really no empirical evidence that this accomplishes much of anything aside from saving you money on your bar tab, and letting you say, "Hey, I didn't drink for a month!" without feeling like a liar.
Are you saying a month without drinking is… bad?
Don't get it twisted, Padawan: Giving up alcohol for any amount of time -- a month, a few days, a week -- isn't something that should be discouraged. But, if you are at a place in your life where you feel your relationship with alcohol needs evaluation, there could be a chance you have a serious problem, and Dry January is not the solution here.