Many of us do it by choice at this time of the year – so much so, Dry January has even become a phenomenon around the world. It’s seen as the perfect time to give our bodies a break after the excesses of the festive season and start the year on a clean, flushed-out slate.
But when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced yet another ban on booze under adjusted alert level 3 lockdown, we were forced to go dry even before the new year kicked off.
And at the rate Covid-19 infections are going, we might have to forego our tipples for a while yet. The current lockdown level has been extended to 15 February and it could go beyond that if hospitals are still being overwhelmed by the sick.