Also, "Drynuary" is a TERRIBLE name for it. It's hard to say and not a pun in the least.
I'm a GRUMP GRUMP GRUMP. >: (
@Heat Signature *toasts you with my non-alcoholic beverage in honor of every month, be it Jul-dry or Oct-sober!*
Okay, as a recovering alcoholic (266 days - i.e. almost 9 months - sober!), I'm going to say I raise an eyebrow whenever I hear people talking about taking "breaks" from drinking because that's exactly how I started out trying to prove to myself that I TOTALLY had control over this whole thing. It's almost to the level of cliche of "I can quit any time!" I would stop for a while just to show that I could do without for a bit and then go back to the same exact patterns of behavior. I thought I couldn't possibly have a problem - look how long I went without drinking! This idea all seems like rationalization, especially since health-wise it won't make up for the rest of the year.
If a person's drinking isn't a problem, then there's no reason to quit for a month and if it is a problem, there's no reason to go back to drinking at the end of the month.
I'm trying to think of another scenario analogous to this. I guess all I can think of is if you have two people who are technically considered gamblers but one is an addict who spends every day at the casino and has $50,000 of debt whereas the other puts $20 into a friendly poker match and they both decide to take a month off of gambling to make a point of self-denial or whatever and then go back to gambling at the end of the month. The addicted gambler hasn't lost any more money in that month but she or he also hasn't gotten any help and now thinks, "I'm not addicted, I made it a whole month without gambling, I knew I was fine." The poker player just missed a fun night with friends and maybe saved $20 (depending on how the night would've gone). The same goes for drinking. The alcoholic drinker falsely convinces her- or himself that nothing's wrong while the person without a problem maybe saves some money and complains that the steak doesn't taste as good and whatever else the OP said. Lose-lose.
CON: Having such intense cognitive dissonance that you'll consider looking cool to be equal to not getting lung cancer and losing years of your life when weighing pros and cons.
@jane lane You're probably genetic lucky. Other people aren't.