Dry January is a chance for you to give alcohol a break after a busy festive period for a lot of people. Dry January is run by a charity (Alcohol Change UK) and was started to get people thinking about how much they are drinking.
72% of people are drinking less riskily six months later after doing Dry January, (according to the alcohol AUDIT, a World Health Organisation measure of risky drinking).
Lots of people have their own reasons for going dry in January, here are some of the reasons that might make you try:
- Save money
- Sleep better
- Lose weight
- Get healthier
- More energy
Alcohol is linked to many health conditions including high blood pressure, depression, liver disease and some types of cancer. Reducing your alcohol intake can reduce the risk of developing some of these conditions.
Cutting down can be hard as habits are difficult to break. Starting with dry January could be the break you need to start cutting down permanently.
For further information see the Alcohol Change UK website.