#R2BT Kicks Off !!

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If you’ve been following along on here on the Thirst blog site, or on Facebook as part of the Ready to be Thirsty Community…or you’ve gone even farther and committed to #R2BT challenge, you’ll know that February has kicked off with a boom!  Or, perhaps more accurately, the absence of…

Akin to the non-explosion of fireworks, we’ve begun to hold back from alcohol, to abstain, to withhold, to withdraw.  To use a fancy old word, we’ve begun an abeyance.

And yes, some of us are actually enjoying this non-event, as a time to reflect, dry-out, learn about ourselves, do something different.

But we know there are many temptations to come.  Maybe you like a glass of wine after work.  Maybe you party it up on Fridays with the neighbours.   Maybe you have a dinner party to attend and the company is better when drenched in a little booze.  Or, perhaps you have a concert or sporting event to go to, where excitement and enthusiasm is key.

Certainly the Superbowl comes to mind.  Heck, you don’t have to like or even comprehend Football to enjoy food, drink, merriment and frivolous excess. That’s why they throw parties!  And even here in Canada where hockey is still king, there are still thousands upon thousands who will take in the game, drink gallons of beer, and rejoice in the biggest single-game sporting event in the world.

Beyond liquid excitement is the pressure of others, drinking alongside us in social situations.  There is still often social leverage to drink up, and everyone feels it, whether we are so very conscious because we are going without alcohol for a month, or just within the circles of our everyday living.

Photo by Ralf Κλενγελ, via Flickr, Creative Commons license, no changes. 

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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