There are roughly five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Between those dates, way too many people drink too much, smoke too much, and eat too much. I am no exception. I'm off my diet, I have about a half dozen packs of cigarettes with five cigs left, despite being a casual smoker, and I can still sort of feel the hangover from New Year's Eve. The company Christmas party left coworkers weeping in the corner and people I would have never guessed would light a smoke were bumming cigarettes off of me left and right. Apparently, my in-laws sometimes like to get slurring, drooling hammered. Bring on Sober January- no drinking or smoking for a month. I doubt this is a novel idea, but my brother in law takes the month of January off from drinking and generally defiling himself to dry out and start fresh. It's also a decent test of your moral resolve, especially when you work in a field that is expected to entertain clients. It's not a huge commitment and pretty smart, so I joined him. My moderation compass needs adjusting every now and then and this seems to be as good a way as any to stay out of jail or court-ordered alcohol education classes. FOCUS- Rather than make this a New Year's Resolution thread, what do you do to straighten yourself out when you're getting off course?