What if I told you that you could save money, lose weight, have more energy and sleep better all at the same time! You would think I was trying to sell you the latest health fad! However, these are some of the free benefits from taking part in Dry January.
What is Dry January?
Back in January 2011 Emily Robinson, gave up alcohol for the whole of January as part of her training to run her first half marathon. A year later Emily joined Alcohol Change UK and after hearing her story, it sparked conversations with her colleagues about the benefits of having a break from drinking and so the idea for Dry January was born. 4,000 people took part in the first campaign in January 2013 and 5 years on in 2018 over 4 million people signed up.
Why do Dry January?
We know we like a drink or two in the UK and we also know that regularly exceeding the recommended 14 units per week guidance can cause a number of health issues and in some cases can lead to alcohol dependency.
For some, the idea of giving alcohol up for a whole month can feel like a challenge, especially if you are surrounded by others not taking part. You may feel anxious for the first week and have some minor withdrawal symptoms, but these symptoms normally subside and by the end of the month you feel healthier and subsequently decide to re-evaluate your relationship with alcohol.
Some instant benefits of taking part include:
- You will sleep better
- Your skin improves
- Your eyes become brighter
- You will lose weight
- You will save money
- Your insides and vital organs will feel better
- You will feel a fantastic sense of achievement
Who can get involved?
Dry January is worth considering even if you drink within the recommended guidelines.
You can get your family and friends to join you, plan activities which exclude alcohol or if Dry January is not for them, then simply ask them to support you. If you are an employer, you can as part of alcohol awareness campaign at work, encourage your employees to get involved and see what a difference it can make to your workplace.
If you still need some inspiration then take a look on the Alcohol Change website, where you can read stories from people who have participated in Dry January.
So, what are you waiting for?
Click here to sign up to Dry January.
Please Note: Individuals with alcohol dependency should not stop drinking alcohol abruptly, they should seek professional help first.