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DRY JANUARYby Julie Kempson, Jan 2020
After eating and drinking far too much over the festive period, dry January appeals to many of us as we attempt to reduce our waistline, save some money and generally make an effort to improve our health.
ALCHOHOL CHANGE UK
Dry January is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK. It is a public health campaign which urges people to abstain from alcohol for the whole of the month of January and it is generally practised in the UK.
Alcohol Change UK is a British charity, founded in 1984 whose aim it is to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, and Dry January is one of its’ flagship awareness programmes (along with Alcohol Awareness Week).
HISTORY OF DRY JANUARY
Dry January took place for the first time in the UK in 2013 (although back in 1942 the Finnish government launched a campaign called “Sober January” as part of its war effort!). In January 2014 over 17,000 Briton stopped drinking for that month.
WHY TAKE PART?
One very good reason is that 72% of people who take part in dry January are still drinking less riskily six months later.
Other amazing benefits include:
Ditching the hangover
Reducing the waistline
Doing a good deed for your body and your health
And very importantly, it is a great way to reset your relationship with alcohol and to drink more healthily for the rest of the year.
RAISING MONEY FOR CHARITY
If you are doing dry January – well done, keep up the good work, your body and mind will love you for it. With all that money you are saving from not buying alcohol, why not donate some to a good cause. Click here to find out more about how your donation can help Alcohol Change UK in the work that they do to help reduce the harm caused by alcohol.