29 Dec 2017
What is Dry January?
Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. Alcohol concern is the main charity partner for the campaign. Dry January is a public health campaign urging people to abstain from alcohol in the month of January, originated throughout the UK.
Dry January enables you to take control of your relationship with alcohol and most importantly drives a conversation about alcohol including why we drink it, what does it do, and how we can reduce the harm caused by alcohol. Dry January is alcohol concerns flagship behaviour change campaign.
Dry January have a variety of different related apps including
• Dry January App
• My Drink Control App
• Drinkaware App
• Drink Less App
• These apps help with Dry January and alcohol consumption in general and these are available to be downloaded from App store, Google Play.
What is the History of Dry January?
The idea came about in 2011 but it wasn’t until 2013 that the campaign managed to gain popularity with over 4350 people participating. In 2014 over 17,000 people were involved as it gained acceptance and popularity within the UK and this is evident from the previous year as it has increased rapidly from just over 4000 to around 17,000. As of 2015 Dry January had increased to around 50,000 people participating. More people are now joining the campaign due to its success in the previous years with the campaign continuing to expand and increase.
Moreover, In 2016, the growth of the campaign continued to accelerate this is evident in how many people downloaded the Dry January App (14,000 people). The Dry January awareness campaign anticipates that up to 5 million people participated in (January 2017). If you haven’t been involved previously and are looking to quit or reduce alcohol consumption then it is good way to get involved with Dry January 2018 as part of your New Year’s resolution.
How Does Dry January Benefit You?
• Reset your relationship with alcohol- realise you don’t always need it
• Feel healthier and happier for the New Year as you can sleep better, improved skin, weight loss
• More money in your pocket better savings (alcohol is expensive, so why waste all that money when it can be spent on more useful resources i.e. clothes, food, household items etc.)
• Healthier- Improves your health.
• Sense of achievement and motivation- Giving up alcohol improves your physical and mental wellbeing.
• Signing up may give you increased incentive to complete the whole month of going alcohol free.
• The support you can receive from participating in the campaign can help motivate you and others to complete the alcohol free month.
How Can You Get Involved With Dry January?
• Fundraising can really help as you are more likely to keep committed to it if people have sponsored you to stay Dry for the whole month.
• Signing up to Dry January
• Downloading the App
• Getting involved in the workplace or mini social groups
• If you have a preferred charity you can donate any funds raised from Dry January for that charity.
Awareness Organisations For Alcohol In The UK
These are useful sources related to alcohol awareness and charities in the UK to help provide support for people with regards issues surrounding alcohol.
- Alcohol Concern
- Alcohol policy UK
- British Liver Trust
- It’s the Drink Talking
- DRYATHLON Cancer Research UK
- Hospice UK
What Are The Alcohol Statistics UK?
- Research from the Office for National statistics stated that In 2016 there were 7,327 alcohol-specific deaths in the UK, an age standardised rate of 11.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
- Research from the Office for National statistics stated that in Great Britain 56.9% of opinions and lifestyle survey respondents aged 16 years and over in 2016 drank alcohol, which equates to 29 million people in the population.
- There were 1.1 million estimated hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption in 2015/2016 this was relatively high compared to previous years.
- In 2015 there were 6,813 deaths related to alcohol consumption in the UK. This is 1.4% of all deaths.
If you are considering doing Dry January and are wondering how you can replace your regular alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks then here are some ideas.
- Soft Drinks such as Coca Cola
- Non-alcoholic drinks such as ginger beer
- Fruit punch without alcohol
- Hot Chocolate with fresh cream
- For an extensive range of non-alcoholic drinks available in the market visit https://www.alcoholfree.co.uk/