What Is Dry January, When Did The Alcohol Concern Event Start And What’s The Best Way To Give Up Booze?


THE new year is officially upon us, and with it comes countless Brits having their yearly stab at Dry January.

Popular as a way to banish some of that Christmas guilt, Dry January challenges you to leave the booze be for a whole month. Here’s all you need to know.

Getty – Contributor Want to swap the spirits for the soda? Here’s everything you need to know

What is Dry January?

Run by Alcohol Concern, Dry January is a campaign – and an accompanying app – encouraging people to stop drinking alcohol during the first month of the year.

Alcohol Concern’s website boasts that 79 per cent of last year’s 5 million Dry January participants saved money, while 62 per cent reported having better sleep and more energy.

Dry January is becoming increasingly popular, despite continued opposition to a price hike in booze throughout Britain – a key pillar of Alcohol Concern’s manifesto.

Many people will use Dry January for a post-Christmas detox, with Alcohol Concern saying the month-long movement lets you take control over your relationship with booze and drive a conversation about alcohol.

alcoholconcern.org.uk Dry January is encouraging you to try and take a holiday from drinking booze

When did Dry January start?

The idea behind Dry January came in 2011, when an Alcohol Concern employee decided to sack off the booze for a month before running a half marathon in February.

In 2012, Alcohol Concern decided to launch their first Dry January campaign, which would take place at the start of 2013.

The first ever Dry January that year saw just under 4,500 people take part, and by January 2014, the monthly pledge was up to 17,000 people.

In 2016, Alcohol Concern launched a Dry January app, and by 2017, 5 million Brits were on board with the campaign.

alcoholconcern.org.uk Dry January comes from an idea an Alcohol Concern employee had back in 2011

What’s the best way to quit drinking?

If you think you may have an alcohol dependency or experience any alcohol withdrawal symptoms then you should talk to your GP.

People who drink alcohol without being dependent on it can try downloading the Dry January app for motivation and tips as they cut out the booze.

Meanwhile, DrinkAware offers its own tips for quitting drinking, including telling your family and friends what you want to do and why.

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