It turns out, January is a bad month to quit drinking.
As we sail through the troubled waters that coincidentally hailed the arrival of 2019 only a few days ago, most of us want to muster up enough discipline to ensure we meet a few targets via the resolutions we make. For a quarter of the population, there's the obligatory vow to quit smoking, while countless others want to curb their food intake in time to look good in that comely swimsuit within a few months.
Those are lofty ambitions for us creatures of habit, who will reach deep down inside to extract all the willpower needed to succeed. Naturally, very few will, while the rest of us will mope at where exactly we went wrong in our trajectory paths to foster improvements as well.
But there's one resolution that simply doesn't make sense at all. Letting go of the alcoholic beverages is no less noble a task than other resolutions, but it's a much tougher one to give up, especially if you're among the multitudes lapping up the bubbly at the moment everyone breaks into awkward and slurred renditions of "Auld Lang Syne." Cutting out the sauce instantaneously after the New Year has been rung in comes across as asinine when common sense tells you that weaning yourself off the spirits and such makes for an easier transition.
Those sentiments are echoed by Toronto psychologist Dr. Oren Amitay, who says that those planning to start resolutions on Jan. 1, 2019 are setting themselves up for failure, according to CTV. An even bigger obstacle when it comes to timing are findings that the average American drinks twice as much during the holiday season versus any other time of the year.
“You’re recovering from holidays, you’ve got work to catch up on, it’s really cold, people are miserable,” said Amitay, who might have unconsciously hinted that a few nips from the flask might actually come in handy in what he calls the worst time of the year to make drastic changes.
Instead, the good doctor recommends a gradual shift towards moderation as part of a life goal, make very short-term and specific goals, like maybe having only one glass of wine after work instead of two. Then continue to be aware of any positive changes over time as a result of that decision.
"Be patient," said Amitay, who claims not to make resolutions every year. You’re not going to see the changes right away.”