2 min readBy Published On: January 2nd, 2015Categories: Features2 Comments on Drynuary – Booze-free for the month of January

Have you heard of Drynuary?  You know the practice of abstaining from alcohol for the entire month of January.  Well, we’re giving it a go.  CIS blogger Peter Gailunas and myself (CIS Editor Maureen Dahill) are going on the wagon for 31 days and we’ll be reporting on how it’s going.  Sort of an entertaining (we hope) PSA if you will – the more you know.  

MD: So Pete – are you excited about this little experiment?

PG:  I thought I really didn’t have a choice in this.  

MD: Well, after the December I’ve had – I think it’s going to be nice to give my liver a break. We can lean on each other and pretend like we are enjoying watching Netflix without copious amounts of wine.   Are we going to allow ourselves to have cheat days like Weight Watchers does? Say, if you take me out for a romantic dinner or something maybe I can have a glass of wine or four……

PG:  I’m thinking if you are already thinking about cheat days, this month is going to be a long one.  I’m definitely gonna drink during the Pats playoff games for like 5 hours straight.  So if they keep winning…..

MD:  Maybe we shouldn’t allow ourselves to have cheat days. It should be all or nothing.  I think the whole purpose is giving up something for an entire month to see how we react and behave in situations where drinking is usually the norm.  You know, the whole, “you don’t need alcohol to have fun” idea.  

PG:  I beg to differ but I’ll give it a try.  I’m thinking for me it’s more about living a little healthier i.e. not being too hungover to go to the gym or eating a large steak and cheese from Rondo’s to help the hangover.

MD:  Alright then – we’re in this together.  I’d say we should toast to our endeavor but it’s not as much fun toasting with gingerale…..

So, Southie!  What do you say?  Do you want to join us in this challenge – an entire month alcohol-free – no beer, no wine, no champagne coolies?  Let us know via twitter, Facebook and Instagram if you’re in!  

You can follow us at @maureencaught and @pgailunas on Twitter.   Use the #DrynuaryinSouthie


  1. Anonymous January 3, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Let's see if CIS can go a whole WEEK without posting anything related to alcohol! No pub crawls, hangover recipes, places to drink while watching the game, no lawn parties etc etc. To set the record straight, I'm not on the bright nor am I a holy roller, but there is more to life in Southie that doesn't involve consuming large amounts of alcohol. 

  2. Maureen Dahill January 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Gheesh….lighten up, Francis!

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