Top Tips to Help You Survive Dry January
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New year, new you?
Welcome to 2020, everybody! If you’re like us, you probably jumped into 2020 with a bang and are perhaps now not feeling as healthy as you’d like (which is, funnily enough, the same way we feel every January). Maybe you’ve come up with some new year’s resolutions to help you get off the couch more, eat fewer carbs or hit the gym more, or perhaps you’re going the Dry January route.
What is Dry January?
Dry January is a commitment to abstain from drinking alcohol for the 31 days of January. The point of Dry January is to detox, reboot our systems and possibly even lose weight. It might sound a bit extreme but you must realise that all those daily after-work drinks add up. Even though a glass of wine here and there can be good for you, those of us who enjoy more than a glass a day are probably feeling the effects not only on our wallets but also on our energy levels and waistlines.
At the same time, if a daily drink is your norm, especially when you are out and about, it can be tough to be totally sober for 31 days. To help you out, we’ve collated some of our top tips to help you survive Dry January.
Not having a drink doesn’t mean that you can’t have a drink, if you know what we’re saying. So often we associate going out and socializing with an alcoholic drink, but there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks that make great substitutes. We’re not talking Coca-cola or water because those are two extremes, but how about a zero alcohol beer or a virgin cocktail? Non-alcoholic gins are especially popular at the moment and are surprisingly delicious. So you can still nurse a drink at the bar without actually drinking.
Get a sober buddy
There’s no need to do this alone! Find a friend or convince your partner to do Dry January with you. Any teetotaler can tell you how annoying drunk people can be so it’ll be nice to have someone around you can have a decent conversation with after 10pm. Plus if you really don’t feel like being surrounded by alcohol, you can meet up with your sober buddy instead. If nobody wants to hop on the wagon with you, there are plenty of online forums where you can make virtual friends who can hold you accountable.
Make plans…or don’t make plans
There are two options here and which one you choose will depend on you. If you find yourself drinking mostly on social occasions with your friends, you might want to chill out for a month and catch up on all those series you’ve been meaning to watch. If going out is going to make drinking too tempting, rather avoid it altogether – you’ll save loads of money! On the other hand, if you like a drink no matter if you are with friends or alone, plan activities which don’t involve drinking – going to a movie, attending dance classes – to keep yourself busy during the month.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
If you are celebrating a special occasion in January or find yourself succumbing to the temptation of a drink or two, don’t beat yourself up about it the next day. Dry January is a way to realise our level of consumption and reset our systems. A drink or two here or there is not the end of the world. Just don’t let that one slip mean you’ll fall into your old patterns of binge drinking!
At the end of your Dry January, you should notice that you have a few more banknotes in your wallet than usual. Drinking is expensive and abstaining from alcohol for a month will save you serious money. With this in mind, consider how you’re going to treat yourself at the end of the month and remember this each time you want to add a six-pack to your shopping trolley.
Dry January may be easier for some people than others but there are so many reasons you should at least give it a try. Besides the health and financial benefits, it’s a great way to start a new year – healthy, detoxed and refreshed.
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- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.