More people than ever are signing up to take part in Dry January, according to figures from Alcohol Change UK, the charity behind the nation’s annual alcohol-free challenge.
Since its launch in 2013, the event – which sees people across Britain abstaining from alcohol for the month of January – has grown from just 4,000 participants to more than 130,000.
With Christmas and New Year presenting some of the biggest challenges for those struggling with alcohol misuse, Dry January offers the opportunity to reset and address harmful drinking habits for a fresh start to the year.
There are many benefits associated with reducing alcohol consumption throughout Dry January and beyond.
Research by the British Medical Journal (2018) found that just one month of not drinking lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and reduces the risk of diabetes.
It also makes us more aware of when and how much we are drinking, reducing our need to rely on alcohol for social situations.
Additionally, research by the University of Sussex found that more than 70 per cent of people continued to drink more healthily six months after Dry January was over.
Tips for Dry January success
New Year’s resolutions such as reducing your alcohol intake can be difficult to stick to, which is why having a plan for Dry January can maximise your chances for success.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- In the lead up to 1st January, start reducing the frequency and quantity of alcohol you drink. Doing this will give you time to adjust to your new routine and reduce your reliance as you set out on the challenge.
- Think about alternative ways to relax and unwind, whether that means watching a TV show you enjoy, finding a new hobby, or taking up meditation.
- Prepare for situations that could trigger relapse. Identifying the reasons why you might reach for a drink and addressing them head on will give you a better understanding of why and when you use alcohol and will help keep you on the right track.
Concerns about alcohol use
Although taking part in Dry January can help you take the first step towards reducing your drinking, alcohol misuse can be extremely challenging for all involved, sometimes requiring additional support.
If you, a friend or family member has concerns about chronic and excessive alcohol use, AlphaBiolabs has a range of alcohol testing solutions available to meet a variety of needs, ranging from legal and workplace testing to services for the general public.
We also offer the latest in alcohol monitoring technology, including SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®.
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