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Episode 82:
Why You Should Do a Dry Challenge

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According to a study done in the U.K., the typical person will spend 2 years of their life hungover. Yikes!

In this episode, we talk with Hilary Sheinbaum, New York-based journalist and author of The Dry Challenge, all about giving up alcohol for a month. Hilary shares reasons why you should try a dry month challenge, tips to prepare yourself for a dry month, and how to ease back into drinking alcohol after the challenge is up. 

In the “You Want Me To Do What??” section, Shanna and Nicole talk about their relationship with alcohol, what has impacted it, and their experiences with giving up alcohol during different periods of their adult lives.

Episode Recap:

Interview with Hilary Sheinbaum - 2:52

"You Want Me To Do What??" section - 41:00


  • Dry challenge: set amount of time with no alcohol done to see how alcohol affects your day-to-day life

  • Some benefits of eliminating alcohol:

    • Better sleep

    • Better mood

    • Saving money

    • Lose weight

    • Better skin complexion

  • Tips for doing a dry challenge:

    • Clear out the alcohol in your house

    • Tell people you are doing the dry challenge

    • Have a plan of non-drinking, social activities

    • Surround yourself with people who support you


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Hilary’s articles on dating while abstaining from alcohol:

Sheltering with My Boyfriend and No Booze

Dating Without Alcohol