Hospitality industry workers not concerned about ‘Dry January’.

Posted at 7:02 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 20:03:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Having an adult beverage is what many do when they come to Broadway, and some are willing to abstain from drinking for the entire month of January.

Despite people willing to attempt this growing trend, some local bartenders are not concerned.

"It is during our slow time of the year, so I don't know if it’ll affect the amount of people coming into the bars, you know, I think it's kind of
good. Maybe take a break every now and then,” said Zack Binge, bartender at Acme Feed & Seed.

Some in the tourism industry feel the opposite though.

"I think it's tough. I think January is a really hard time to start a resolution, especially here in Nashville. We have so many people that work in hospitality, so many working as bartenders, cooks, musicians, and suddenly, they're a lot home more because it's not quite as busy,” said Kristine Hughey, Owner of Little Local Flavor.

Health experts are encouraging people to give it a shot for the long-term benefits.

"It doesn't really give our bodies the same thing protein, carbs and fats do. If alcohol is making you go into a calorie surplus in your day, then abstaining from it could help you lose weight. Also, a lot of times when people cut out alcohol, they are increasing their water intake,” said Emilie Berry, registered dietician.

While this may not be the year for change, some say, there's always next time.

"I'm sure somewhere along the lines, it'll eventually have to happen,” said Randy Forsythe.