Bin the booze for Dry January 2018
What is Dry January?
Dry January is the annual campaign started by Alcohol Concern through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January.
When you participate:
- It enables you to take control of your relationship with alcohol.
- It drives a conversation about alcohol: why do we drink it, what does it do, and how can we reduce the harm it can cause?
Why Dry January?
Do you want to lose weight, save money and sleep better?
So what are you waiting for? Join Dry January today and be among millions who have decided to ditch the hangover and bin the booze as part of this month-long charitable campaign.
Take Control of your health and your Relationship with Alcohol
Alcohol is the third biggest lifestyle risk factor for disease and death in the UK after tobacco and obesity. Alcohol can also contribute to more than 60 medical conditions, including mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers, high blood pressure and cirrhosis of the liver. Drinking can also lead to depression, anxiety and memory loss.
That’s why in 2013, Alcohol Concern started the annual campaign—and every year since its popularity has grown. In 2017, a YouGov survey showed that 5 million people took part in Dry January.
In 2016, the safe drinking limit was lowered to 14 alcohol units per week for men and women – that’s roughly six pints of beer, or seven glasses of wine. Drinking within safe limits reduces your risk of developing alcohol-related health problems. It’s recommended to spread your units over three or more days – don’t binge.
Choosing to give up alcohol for 31 days can help you to:
- sleep longer and better
- develop more energy
- lose weight
- Improve your complexion.
Those who took part in previous Dry January campaigns said they were more likely to continue to reduce their levels of drinking long after the campaign is over. Cutting down on alcohol consumption, or even abstaining completely can have beneficial impacts on your long term health and wellbeing.
Who can participate in Dry January?
Dry January is a campaign which encourages drinkers to think about the impact of alcohol on their health – but it can’t replace specialist support and may not be suitable for everyone. If your drinking regularly exceeds safe levels (14 units per week) or you are worried about your alcohol intake, please seek support and advice. Suddenly giving up alcohol can be dangerous to your health and may cause ‘withdrawal’ symptoms, particularly if you are drinking to dependent levels.