Why Drynuary is a Hoax

To all you teetotalers: Just stop.

By now, you’ve either read about or are participating in Drynuary, the month when the very people who wax poetic about drinking the rest of the year spend thirty days preaching abstinence. They’ll tell you giving up alcohol undoes December’s decadence and recalibrates the body for a new year. That it focuses the mind, settles the digestion and makes you appreciate alcohol all over again. This isn’t a treatise on why you should spend January bingeing. But experts warn these thirty days probably won’t end in enlightenment—and may even be harmful.