Bid booze goodbye, keep January dry

Dry January is back to give people a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save some serious money by giving up alcohol for 31 days.

Alcohol Concern is behind the annual movement that gives millions of adults across the UK a break from alcohol. It comes at the right time too. January is a time when many of us want to give our body a break after Christmas and start looking after our health again. Cutting the amount of alcohol you consume is a great place to start.

Alcohol can seriously harm our health and regularly drinking more than the recommended daily limits – 2-3 units for both men and women – can increase our chances of illnesses, including liver disease, a number of cancers and depression. Learn more about drinking guidelines. 

But I don’t drink that much anyway

You don’t have to be a heavy drinker to feel the benefits of going dry for January. Having a break from alcohol for a whole month brings many health benefits that we could all do with. It boosts energy levels, improves sleep, and can really help if you want to shed a few pounds. It also gives a sense of achievement and can save you money too.

In January 2016, more than two million people went dry for January. In 2017 that figure more than doubled when five million adults ditched the booze and tens of thousands signed up online. 49% of people reported weight loss, 62% said they slept better and had more energy, and almost 80% said they had saved money after completing Dry January.

Dry January is not about never drinking again, it just provides the opportunity to give your body a break from alcohol. You’re more likely to stick with it and feel the benefits if you sign up, so take the challenge, banish the booze and feel like a new you! Sign up at www.dryjanuary.org.uk