Dry January: Go alcohol-free this January

Are you thinking of going Dry this January?

The one month ‘booze free challenge’ is run by Alcohol Change UK, with the aim to help improve relationships with alcohol and reduce overall consumption. Whether you feel like you’re drinking too much or would just like to understand your drinking habits more, this challenge could be the perfect opportunity.

An alcohol-free January and drinking less throughout the year has been proven to help those taking part save money, lose weight and improve their overall health.

As a nation, lowering our general intake of alcohol could also have a positive impact on local health services, with health problems and the costs associated with alcohol misuse rising year-on-year.  In 2017/18 there were 2,358 alcohol-related admissions to hospitals in Southampton alone.

Other benefits of taking part in Dry January included:

93% of participants had a sense of achievement
82% think more deeply about their relationship with drink
80% feel more in control of their drinking
76% learned more about when and why they drink
71% realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves

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The campaign has been encouraged by Southampton City Council and Public Health England – as well as community partners including ourselves, University of Southampton and Solent University.

Councillor David Shields, Cabinet Member for Health and Community Wellbeing at Southampton City Council, said:

“I’d like to encourage everyone to sign up for Dry January for 2019. You’ll feel better and save a few quid after all the money you’ve spent during the holidays.

The New Year is a perfect opportunity to reconsider how we would like to improve ourselves in the year ahead, and so consider resetting your relationship with alcohol as one of your resolutions.”

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Please be aware if you drink regularly or very heavily, Dry January may not be for you. Before taking part please seek advice from your doctor or visit the NHS support advice page, here.

Sign up for the Dry January challenge at: http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/ or download the app Try Dry: Try Dry January app via the App Store or Google Play.