10 years of Dry January - Let's hear it for our alumni

December 2022 | 7 minutes

We can’t quite believe it’s been a decade of Dry January. That’s 10 whole years of participants exploring new ways to reset their relationship with alcohol and making the decision to start off their years in control and with a clear head.

Let’s look back through the years at some highlights from the experts - our very own Dry January alumni - and get inspired ready for the start of Dry January 2023.

Martijn - Dry January 2019 participant

“Now, after a party weekend, I have some chill weekends to bring some balance to my mental health. Dry January is a great and quick way to assess your relationship with alcohol. I don’t think it’s bad to drink, but I do think you need to be in control of how much you drink. Dry January did that for me: it helped me to moderate my drinking and create a better balance for my health.” Catch up on Martijn's story here.

Jo - Dry January 2020 participant

“By the end of January, I was feeling great, inside and out. The benefits were too precious for me to quit now! So, I decided to keep going for 100 days.” Catch up on Jo's story here.

Paul - Dry January 2015 - 2021 participant

“For me Dry January is an opportunity to press reset, and a chance for the liver to have a proper break. It is also a reminder that there are other ways to relax.” Catch up on Paul's story here.

John - Dry January 2020 participant

“Before, I would only ever get excited about my next drink. I now have a much more positive outlook on life. I think more clearly and get proper sleep with no 3am anxiety attacks. Alcohol ruled me for 20-odd years, but now I’m back in control of my own life and destiny.” Catch up on John's story here.

Richard - Dry January 2021 participant

“Before Dry January, any day where there were issues, I'd be drinking from 5pm to de-stress. Now I know I don't need it, and I think I am also performing better at work. I don't wake up feeling awful, I'm exercising more, I've lost some weight and generally feel much, much better.” Catch up on Richard's story here.

Sam - Dry January 2022 participant

“Without the reset of the Dry January challenge, I would never have even questioned what negative impact alcohol was having on me, creeping into everyday activities and zapping my energy. Now I have learned to appreciate the little things in life, whereas before I felt there wasn’t much to life without alcohol.”

Amanda - Dry January participant 2019 - 2022

“The strategies I learned during Dry January are still important for me every day.” Catch up on Amanda's story here.

Trish - Dry January participant every year

“The positives once you’re in the midst of Dry January are almost unbelievable. I started to feel more than pleased with myself. A bit cocky, even! Better sleep, more energy, improved mood swings, and the icing on the cake? Weight loss!” Catch up on Trish' story here.

Adele - Dry January participant 2019 and 2021

“I might make Dry January an annual thing. Not only does it lift my mood, it’s also a good reality check in case I’m not as in control of my drinking as I thought I was. Plus, it’s a helpful way to shed weight after eating so much all through Christmas!” Catch up on Adele's story here.

We really hope that those sage words from our Dry January alumni motivate you to start out on your own Dry January challenge. So, let's hear it for our alumni one more time and here’s to ten more brilliant years.