Dry January 2020

Dry January started in 2013 by Alcohol Change UK with 4000 people giving up alcohol for a month. In 2018, 4 million people took part.

Some of these people might not consider themselves heavy drinkers but found that giving up alcohol for a month had a positive impact on their liver fat, blood glucose, cholesterol and weight. They also saved money too!  There was also a long term effect as six months later seven out of ten of those who participated in Dry January were drinking less than before. It also helped those who participated change their habits and be able to make better decisions about alcohol through the rest of the year.

Alcohol has been shown to increase your risk of more than 60 health conditions. These include liver disease, high blood pressure, depression and seven types of cancer. In the UK alcohol is the biggest risk factor for death, ill health and disability in those aged 15 - 49 years.  Reducing how much you drink can reduce your risk of developing these conditions. Dry January is a good place to start if you want some extra support, although of course you can give up at any time!

If you sign up you’ll get extra support from Alcohol Change UK including:

  • Access to a free app, which helps you keep track of your month with features like a calorie calculator, unit tracker and tool to show how much you’ve saved.

  • Regular support emails with tips, tricks and information from experts in alcohol to make your month easier and more fun.

  • Access to extra support if you are struggling.

Cutting down how much you drink in the long term isn’t easy - it’s hard to break habits you may have built up over many years.  Taking part in Dry January is a good first step. You can build on the tips and tricks you learn in January to help you make a permanent change to how much you drink.

Dry January 2020