Sober TikTokers are sharing their stories about how they stopped drinking to inspire people trying Dry January
- On TikTok, the hashtag #dryjanuary has over 100 million views.
- Creators are using the hashtag to share stories about how and why they got sober.
Sobriety influencers on TikTok are sharing testimonies about how quitting drinking changed their lives to inspire others who are attempting Dry January this year.
The hashtag #dryjanuary, which refers to a campaign originally created by Alcohol Change UK to encourage people to abstain from drinking for the first month of the year, has 128 million views. The majority of top-liked videos under the tag were posted at the end of 2022 and 2021, as it is becoming more common for creators to share stories about quitting, often going viral in the process.
Daniel Patterson, who describes himself as a "sober husband" and father in his TikTok bio, received 7 million views on a post from December 31 about how he stopped drinking alcohol eight years ago.
@pattersonperspective you never know #sober #soberdad #sobertiktok #soberparent #sobercurious #dadsoftiktok #dryjanuary ♬ Stories 2 - Danilo Stankovic
Patterson said on New Year's Eve that year, he went to a restaurant with his wife and daughter and had three glasses of white wine and another double bottle of chardonnay before going to sleep. After waking up the next morning with auditory hallucinations — which can occur during or after a period of heavy alcohol consumption according to the National Library of Medicine — he said he went to see a doctor.
After this encounter, he said he hung a calendar in his kitchen and marked each day he didn't drink.
"I didn't go to sleep on New Year's Eve thinking I'm going to quit," Patterson said, adding, "I just had to take it one fucking step at a time, one moment at a time, and tomorrow when I wake up, I will be eight years sober."
Viewers thanked Patterson for telling his story, and some began sharing their own experiences with giving up alcohol.
"That's awesome man! 77 days sober for me," wrote one commenter, while another said, "Thank you for being REAL."
On December 31, a user named @authenticallyamanda, whose bio says she posts "Daily videos about living alcohol-free," shared a testimony about why she decided to try Dry January for the first time in 2017, receiving 150,000 views.
She said that on New Year's Eve in 2016, she was "so fucking hungover," and that she had "gone out the night before, as per usual, with the plan to have just a few, and just a few turned into a few too many."
@amanda.kuda How Dry January changed my life. PS: Im hosting acreally rad Dry January challenge & you can find details in my profile #damplifestyle #soberish #sobercurious #dryjanuary #dryjanuary2023 #dampjanuary #sobercuriousmovement #sobercuriousjourney #hangxiety #sobertiktok #alcoholfreejourney ♬ original sound - Amanda - Alcohol-Free Coach
Amanda said that her drinking behavior was "normalized," adding, "all of my friends were successful and drinking just as much as me on the weekends," which meant that she was afraid to take a break from alcohol because she felt "afraid to be different."
After setting out to try Dry January, she said that she eventually decided to stop drinking altogether.
"Each day I remained alcohol-free, I became more confident and I was able to tune more deeply into myself," she said.
Commenters under Amanda's video said her story inspired them to try Dry January for themselves.
"I'm doing this. I'm fed up," wrote one viewer. "I needed to hear this! I feel terrible today. Drank too much last night. I'm so down on myself and I deserve better," wrote another, to which Amanda replied, "You 100 deserve better. Cheering for you."
@eatlizabeth How one simple choice saved my life #healingjourney #sobercurious #sobriety #anxietyrelief #dryjanuary ♬ original sound - marianne
Another user who goes by the name @eatlizabeth, shared a montage of photos of herself from before and after she stopped drinking alcohol on December 28, receiving 298,000 views.
Elizabeth said she recalled feeling that "my drinking was beginning to take over my life," and said that decided to stop drinking 90 days ago, remaining sober ever since.
Commenters told Elizabeth they were "proud" of her decision and added that they thought she looked happier and more "full of life" in the photos from after she quit drinking.
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