Why do Dry January?

If you’re reading this, you’re thinking about your drinking. Lots of us feel like we’re drinking a bit too much, or too often, or just like we could do with some time off. A month off is the perfect way to reset your relationship with alcohol. It only takes three weeks to break a habit, so this could be your route to happier, healthier drinking long-term.

Reasons to try dry

A month alcohol-free has a lot of benefits: research published in 2018, conducted by the Royal Free Hospital and published in the British Medical Journal, found that a month off lowers blood pressure, reduces diabetes risk, lowers cholesterol, and reduces levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood. During Dry January last year 88% of participants saved money, 71% slept better and 58% lost weight.

But the real magic happens when Dry January is over. Dry January helps people to drink more healthily 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. That means that for the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about our drinking, and to avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to. Put simply, Dry January can change lives.

A month off any time

You're ready to get some amazing benefits from a month off and reset your relationship with alcohol and you can't wait for next January. The good news is - you don't have to. You can take a month off booze any time - but it's worth having some support to do so.

What about when the month is done?

Giving your body a break from booze for a month is great, but you’ll get lots more benefits if you cut down long term.

Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions, including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression and seven types of cancer. In fact, alcohol is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability for people aged 15-49 in the UK. Cutting back on alcohol reduces your risk of developing these conditions.

The UK’s top doctors (they’re called the Chief Medical Officers) recommend drinking no more than 14 units per week, spread over three or more days, and with at least two days off.

The good news is that Dry January is the perfect training ground for helping you cut down from February onwards! Cutting down permanently is, for many people, very hard, because habits are hard to break. Dry January is an excellent way of learning what your habits are and how to break them, enabling you to cut down longer-term. You can think of it as a bootcamp for drinking self-control!

Check out the latest research that shows Dry January helps people cut down long-term.

You can also read this blog for advice on what to do when your dry month is over.

Why sign up?

When December rolls around you can sign up for Dry January. People who sign up are more likely to stay dry for the whole month. That’s because when you sign up you:

  • Get access to our free app, which helps you keep track of your month with features like a calorie calculator, unit tracker and tool to show how much you’ve saved.
  • Receive regular support emails with tips, tricks and information from experts in alcohol to make your month easier and more fun.
  • Have help on hand: if you’re struggling, we’ll support you.
  • Can fundraise for charity or give what you save. Make your Dry January make a difference. Find out more about doing Dry January for charity.

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