Breast Cancer Now is one of Dry January's official charity partners for 2018.

Kerry Rubins, aged 43 from Kent, took part in Dry January 2017.

"I started supporting Breast Cancer Now when my friend Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2006. Sadly, she passed away from this dreadful disease in 2010, aged just 42.

"I threw my energy into organising a Crocus Walk to raise money for the charity and since then, I have a lifetime commitment to supporting the charity, doing everything I can to raise awareness and money to help fund vital, life-saving research.

"I decided that Dry January was the perfect start drinking less"

"My involvement in Breast Cancer Now meant that I was aware that regularly drinking alcohol was increasing my risk of breast cancer. After seeing what Julie went through, I wanted to make some lifestyle changes so that I was and felt healthier. I know this isn't going to take the risk of breast cancer away completely, but if there are steps I can do to reduce my risk, I think its worth taking them.

"I decided that Dry January was the perfect way (and the perfect timing after my festive socialising) to start drinking less. I'd heard that by giving up for a month, you're more likely to reduce the amount you drink long-term, so I thought I'd give it a go.

"Before Dry January, I had (and still have) a diary full of social events and parties. Some call me a social butterfly, others say I'm a bit of a party animal. These events often had alcohol flowing freely and I found myself having a few too many on a regular basis. This inevitably meant having a sore head the next day. 

"And nearly a year on, my drinking habits are a lot different from what they used to be."

"I found Dry January incredibly challenging at first, as I had two hen nights, a wedding, my mums 65th birthday party and a few nights out with friends to contend with. But after waking up the next day with a clear head, as well as having more energy and generally feeling better in myself, it started to feel worthwhile.

"And nearly a year on, my drinking habits are a lot different from what they used to be. I do still drink, but a few handy tricks have meant I limit the drink I have. When sharing a bottle of wine with friends, I drink from a much smaller wine glass and on a night out, I alternate each alcoholic drink with a soft one.

"I'm looking forward to taking on the challenge of Dry January again next year. As I've done it once, and I drink less than I used to, it's going to be easier but its' a great way to have a post-Christmas detox, and a great fundraiser for a worthy cause."

Breast Cancer Now is the UK's largest breast cancer research charity. They are committed to encouraging women in the UK to live a healthy lifestyle to help reduce their risk of getting breast cancer. Because regular alcohol use has been estimated to be linked to 6% of breast cancers in women and research suggests that those who go dry for a month will continue to drink less in the next six months, Breast Cancer Now hopes that partnering with us for Dry January will help women to cut down on alcohol and reduce their risk of breast cancer. To visit Breast Cancer Now's website and learn more about what they do, click here.

When you sign up for Dry January you can choose to fundraise or donate what you save from not drinking to one of our partner charities. In doing so, you will be supporting great charities like Breast Cancer Now. Visit our fundraising page to learn more.