Bath & North East Somerset Council is supporting Dry January 2019. The campaign, run by the charity Alcohol Change UK and endorsed by Public Health England, involves participants stopping drinking alcohol for one month to feel healthier, save money and improve their relationship with alcohol long term.
A YouGov poll released earlier this month revealed that one in ten people who drink – an estimated 4.2 million people in the UK – are planning to take part.
Dr Bruce Laurence, Director of Public Health B&NES, said: “Liver disease is on the rise in England, especially in women, when it is falling in most other European countries. Liver disease creeps up silently, giving few warnings until irreversible and potentially fatal damage occurs. If you are someone who socialises with other people who like a drink or three, and habitually “go large”, it is so easy not to notice when your consumption goes way over recommended limits. I sometimes find myself in this position, especially towards the end of the year. So I value my annual Dry January as a time and a chance to renegotiate my relationship to alcohol, remember that it’s not so hard to say no, and give myself that extra physical and mental boost that comes with sticking to soft.”
According to research carried out by the University of Sussex Dry January helps people to drink more healthily year- round. Their study of 800 Dry January participants found:
The study also revealed that people who drank more riskily before taking up the Dry January challenge saw the biggest decrease in the amount and regularity of their drinking – suggesting that Dry January is particularly helpful for heavier drinkers.
The research also showed that:
By signing up for Dry January you’ll increase your chance of getting the most out of the month by receiving regular support emails with tips and tricks from experts and others who are taking part. To sign up visit:
Participants can also download Try Dry: The Dry January App to track their units, money and calories saved.