Naomi Ishisaka: Dear Dry January, we need to talk

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The Seattle Times

A lot of people I know are weeks into what has now become an annual tradition: Dry January. The concept behind Dry January is that with the revelry of the holidays behind us and the new year beginning, the consumption of alcohol is reined in for a month of sobriety. While it might seem like a healthy way to start the year, the prevalence of Dry January glosses over some deeper conversations we should have about the role of alcohol consumption in our society — particularly for women. The normalization of alcohol use as a social lubricant or coping mechanism is often treated as an innocuous, sel…

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