It’s the start of a brand new year and everyone is geared up ready to put those resolutions in motion, but have you thought about taking part in the Dry January challenge? Whether you drink throughout the week as a way to unwind or socially on a weekend, it’s always important to remain mindful of your alcohol intake.
With this in mind, to kick start the new year we’ve put together a short guide on what the Dry January challenge is all about, why it’s so important and how you can get involved.
So what is Dry January?
Dry January is the UK’s one-month alcohol-free challenge run by the charity Alcohol Change UK, to help you lead a healthier life, save money and remain in control of your alcohol intake. The aim of the challenge isn’t to simply take one month off alcohol, it brings to light the effects of alcohol and encourages a healthier way of thinking about drinking.
It is recommended that the weekly amount of alcohol consumed by both male and female adults should be no more than 14 units spread over three or more days, which is the equivalent to:
• 7 glasses of wine
• 7 pints of lager
• 14 single measures of spirits
To find out more about how many units are in your drinks along with the calories, click the link to this unit and calorie calculator: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/understand-your-drinking/unit-calculator
Reasons to get involved
There are many benefits of taking part in Dry January, which include:
• A healthier lifestyle
• Improved energy – last year 67% of participants reported a rise in energy levels
• Weight loss – 58% of participants reported a loss in weight
• Better sleep – 71% reported improved sleep
• Improved skin
• Saving money (the average person spends £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime according to Alcohol Change UK)
• Supporting charitable causes
What’s more, when you sign up you get free access to the Dry January app, which features a calorie calculator, unit tracker and tool to check how much you’ve saved. You will also receive regular support emails with tips and information to help you along the way.
How to get involved
If you’re feeling motivated to get 2019 off to a healthier start, you can sign up to Dry January by visiting the Alcohol Change website.
Why not ask family and friends to sponsor you so that you can support the work of charities reducing the risk and harm of alcohol in the UK, whilst improving your own health and happiness.
Additional Support Lines
If you or someone you know has difficulty staying in control of alcohol consumption, below are the links to several organisations that offer alcohol-related support.
Alcoholics Anonymous 24/7 helpline – Call 0800 9177 650
Al-Anon – offers support to families and friends of problem drinkers. Call 020 7403 0888
Drinkline – a confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking or someone else’s. Call 0300 123 1110
Alternatively, contact your GP or local authority website for information on local support groups.
For more information on Dry January and how you can get involved visit www.alcoholchange.org.uk