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Give your body a holiday from booze by signing up to Dry January

Give your body a break from booze by joining Dry January, the month long national ‘no alcohol’ challenge from Alcohol Concern and Public Health England.

The national campaign launched last Friday, begun to raise awareness of Dry January at a time when people are already feeling like they have over indulged (or know they will do) and aims to show that ‘taking a break from alcohol’ after the Christmas period is a beneficial thing for your wallet, waistline and general health. Dry January is not about never drinking again, it’s just an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period.

An independent study by the University of Sussex showed that 72% of participants in Dry January last year had maintained moderate levels of drinking six months after completing the month. After completing Dry January participants also highlighted what benefits they experienced after 31 days alcohol free:

  • 79% of participants saved money
  • 62% of participants had better sleep and more energy
  • 49% of participants lost weight

Nationally, over 17,000 people took part in Dry January in 2014 and many reported that taking a month-long break from alcohol acted as a reset button concerning their alcohol use for months afterwards, not only helping people to drink less per drinking day but also to drink less frequently. We know from previous years that people who do Dry January will feel better, lose weight and save money. To sign up for Dry January and register for tips and tools to make the most of the month, people should visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.

The New Year is the perfect time to reset drinking habits, but as with any commitment to a healthier lifestyle change, people need to prepare themselves in advance in order to be successful. Dry January is providing people with a comprehensive online support programme to help them through their month alcohol free, from January 1 2015. It will provide advice and encouragement to motivate people throughout the month, and show that going dry does not mean not having fun. Participants and supporters will also be engaged by Dry January via social media – both to encourage sign-ups over Christmas and motivate people giving up alcohol throughout January.

www.facebook.com/DryJanuary and on twitter @dryjanuary, #DryJanuary2015.

Sign up at www.dryjanuary.org.uk