Dry January is one of the most notable events in the UK that occurs throughout January to encourage you to rethink your relationship with alcohol and make a change towards a more positive well-being.
So, what are the benefits? How can we help? Read below to find out the benefits and tips on how to stay dry!
The main benefits*
- 86% of participants saved money
- 70% of participants had better sleep and 66% had more energy
- 65% of participants had generally improved health
- A month off the booze lowers blood pressure, reduces diabetes risk, lowers cholesterol, and reduces levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood
- 58% of the participants lost weight
- Helps people to drink better all year-round, according to independent research conducted by the University of Sussex with over 800 Dry January participants. It showed that Dry January participants are still drinking less even six months later
- Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialise
How do I stay dry?
- It can be hard to take a month off alcohol, but we're here to support you. Once you’ve been able to manage a month, you can push yourself to take a month or longer off alcohol anytime. Here’s some handy tips to help you through:
- Download the free Alcohol Change app to monitor your units, calories, and money saved during the month
- Ask our friendly members of staff for advice on the best ways to quit - they’ll be more than happy to help!
- Remove any temptations that may influence you to drink, for instance, any alcohol or related products that might be lying around the house
- Distance yourself from friends and family (it doesn’t have to be forever)! who don’t support your drinking goals. In addition to this, avoid any events that may involve heavy alcohol consumption in the meantime
- Set attainable goals - start small, and then build it up. For example, make a goal to get through the 1st week of not drinking and then push yourself to continue it further
- Keep yourself occupied with tasks to deter you from wanting a drink. One example of this could be redecorating your house or joining the gym, which has many health benefits (we’re not just saying that)!
- Missing the taste of an alcoholic drink? Try a non-alcoholic version to satisfy your cravings and to keep you dry during January.
Give it a go, and see how you get on.
*statistics and research carried out by Alcohol Change.