What is Dry January?
According to Alcohol Change UK, “Dry January is the UK’s one-month booze-free challenge that helps millions reset their relationship with alcohol every year.” (1) After the festive season being such a traditional booze-heavy season, Dry January is a challenge whereby you go the whole of January not drinking any alcohol. After all the festive glasses of wine and pints of beer, wouldn’t you quite enjoy a month of being hangover free?
A month free of alcohol is the brilliant way to reset your relationship with alcohol. Typically, it only takes 3 weeks to break a habit, so this could be your route to happier, healthier drinking long-term. (2)
Why do people do Dry January?
There are many different reasons people do Dry January for different personal reasons. Some people do Dry January to save money, for different health benefits, and to be hangover-free for a month, etc. Next time you are with friends or at work, why not ask ‘Has anyone done Dry January before?’ and ask them what benefits they experienced.
What are the immediate effects?
According to the NHS, the immediate effects of cutting down include:
- feeling better in the mornings
- being less tired during the day
- better looking skin
- feeling more energetic
- better weight management. (3)
Can you save calories by doing Dry January?
According to the NHS, did you know that “the average wine drinker in England takes in around 2,000kcal from alcohol every month.” It is reported that a standard glass (175ml) of 12% wine is 126kcal, and a pint of 5% strength beer is 215kcal. (4)
According to Alcohol Change UK, during Dry January in 2019, 88% of participants saved money, 71% slept better and 58% lost weight. (5) So what are you waiting for?