What to do after Dry January? Tips from those who've been there

January 2020 | 5 minutes

In this blog, some of the wonderful members of our Facebook group give their advice about what to do after Dry January. Here's what they had to say.

You may have had no intention of going dry completely when you started Dry January, but you may now be thinking of it. It’s worth just taking it one day at a time, or one goal at a time. You’ll soon hear about 100 days as a goal, then Sober Spring - why not give it a go? And if you do take a day off, there’s no reason not to restart!


Being alcohol free isn't just for January if you don't want it to be. The benefits can last so much longer!


I treat myself A LOT during Dry January and afterwards! Usually in the form of self-care; a long soak in the bath, a face mask, a bit of pampering, a cake and coffee. It gets easier... Make new routines and stick to them like glue. They really help. Take up a new and absorbing hobby. Mine is exercise. It keeps me feeling great mentally and physically.


Focus on the positive. Look at all the benefits sobriety has brought, and look forward to those yet to come. Rejoice in the freedom!


If you’re thinking, even just thinking, about carrying on being alcohol-free, then that’s a clue that your body and mind appreciated being booze free. Give alcohol-free Feb a try and see how you feel after that!


I didn’t notice some of the best effects until I had been alcohol free for 3 months - my psoriasis cleared completely after having had it since I was 16, I’m now 53 - give it time.


If you want to be a part of a supportive, friendly online community for Dry January, it's not too late to join! You can join the Dry January Community Facebook group here.