Perhaps somewhat rashly, I made a pledge way back at the start of December. Now as you're probably aware, I'm a woman of my word, my word is my bond, etc.
I pledged that January would be a dry one for me. Not a drop of alcohol shall pass my lips between 1st and 30th January (I'm falling off the wagon a day early for a friend's significant-birthday party - it seems only fair).
Now this probably goes against my embracing the concept of hygge, the Scandinavian idea of self-indulgence at this time of year.
However, having done some research - ok, I read the health section of a daily newspaper - a month off the hard stuff is good for your liver and can prolong your life by several years if undertaken on a regular basis. You can also lose up to half a stone in weight, as alcohol contains many empty calories.
So cheers, here's to a dry January. Fortunately for me and the other people also not drinking for whatever reason, there's a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages to be imbibed as alternatives.
My personal favourite is Becks Blue, which is marketed as alcohol-free but actually contains a very minute amount ('not more than 0.05% ABV' according to the label - I fetched one from the fridge to check).
Soda water and lime is also acceptable, providing the bar-keep supplies you with a little stirry stick, otherwise you're hit with a mouthful of lime at the bottom of your glass and this is rather unpleasant (yes, I am speaking from personal experience).
I suppose there's always tea and coffee, and hot chocolate, perhaps Bovril - then again, maybe not Bovril.
My only regret thus far is seeing the vast array of beautiful reds, sparkling whites and a rather tasty Sauvignon Blanc that we were given as Christmas presents, which are currently sitting there looking unloved.
Fear not my pretties - February isn't too far away!