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Whether you’re looking for a night or two off negronis, a month to flush your system after heavy holiday celebrating (or pandemic year coping), or plan to swear off the sauce forever, it’s never been easier—or more trendy—to give dry a try thanks to a quickly growing and improving selection of non-alcoholic spirits, beer, wine, and pre-made mocktails.

“Like clockwork, after indulging between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, people look for ways to be healthier when the new year rolls around,” says author Hilary Sheinbaum whose The Dry Challenge: How To Lose The Booze For Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month was published by HarperCollins last December. According to Sheinbaum, cutting out alcohol “can be easier to commit to and more appealing than a generic [resolution] to lose weight or be healthier for a year.” …  Even if you enjoy the socializing that often comes with imbibing, and have your consumption under control, abstaining from alcohol can often have positive effects on your body, mind, and even your mood, experts say. Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, a New Jersey family medicine physician who is known as “Doctor Mike” by his six and a half million YouTube followers, says the degree as to whether a month of abstaining is beneficial, is generally proportionate to how much you drink. Still, Varshavski says most people would likely see some positive changes if they forego getting faded.

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