Dry January will make a difference to you as you save money, feel great and look fabulous - but it can make a difference to others too.

You can fundraise for (or give what you save from not drinking to) one of Dry January's official partner charities, who all work on issues closely-related to alcohol. 80% goes to them and 20% goes to Alcohol Concern. Together, we can end the harm caused by alcohol.

Read on to meet our charities, and find out about the difference your money could make.

Alcohol Concern

Did you know that alcohol is the biggest cause of death for people aged 15-49 in the UK? Or that alcohol is a factor in over 60 medical conditions, including six types of cancer? Or how about that over 60% of stranger violence in the UK is linked to alcohol?

There are over 595,000 dependent drinkers in the UK, all of whom need help, though less than 1 in five receive it. But it's not only they who suffer the harm caused by alcohol - families, communities and in fact our whole society feels the negative effects.

We're the charity behind Dry January, and we work year-round to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. We do this through funding research into alcohol-related issues, campaigning for better alcohol services and policy, and helping people to find support. We are entirely independent, receiving no money from the alcohol industry.

Twenty percent of the money you raise through Dry January will go to us. Your money will save and improve lives.

Find out more.

Partner charities

Action for Children

Alcohol misuse is a factor identified in 1 in 5 children in need of help or protection from social care in England.

From before they are born until they are into their twenties, Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK. Our staff and volunteers operate over 600 services, improving the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers ever year. We succeed by doing what's right, doing what's needed and doing what works for children.

Find out more.

Breast Cancer Now

One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and women who regularly drink alcohol are at increased risk of getting the disease. In fact, experts estimate that 6% of breast cancers in women are linked to regularly drinking alcohol.

Research suggests that many who go alcohol-free for a month continue to drink less in the following six months, so taking part in Dry January is the perfect first step in living a healthier lifestyle.

Breast Cancer Now are the UK's largest breast cancer research charity and are dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease.

Find out more.

British Liver Trust

The last 10 years have seen a 20% increase in the number of deaths from liver disease in the UK.

Liver disease is devastating and often has no symptoms until it is too late. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the UK and for women of working age it is the second leading cause. Drinking too much alcohol puts your liver at risk.

Dry January can be a great way to kick start better health all year round. Support the British Liver Trust, the leading charity for liver disease in the UK, during Dry January and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You will be doing more than raising money for those with liver conditions - you could be saving your own life by preventing liver disease or liver cancer in the future.

Find out more.


Problems with alcohol and drugs can be part of a person's spiral into homelessness. Of course, not everyone who has problems with alcohol becomes homeless and not every homeless person has problems with alcohol abuse. However, two thirds of homeless people cite drug or alcohol use as a reason for first becoming homeless. It is also not uncommon for those traumatised by homelessness to seek solace in drug or alcohol.

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We help people directly out of homelessness, and campaign for the social changes needed to solve it altogether. We know that together we can end homelessness.

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Hospice UK

Each year, hospices provide care for more than 200,000 people living with life-limiting conditions.

We are the national charity for hospice care, supporting over 200 hospices in the UK. We believe that everyone matters throughout their life right up until they die, and that no one should die in avoidable pain or suffering.

We're proud to be involved in the Dry January campaign which encourages the public to become more aware of their alcohol consumption and how this affects their health and wellbeing.

Find out more.

World Cancer Research Fund UK

Alcohol is a cause of six types of cancer: breast, bowel, liver, mouth and throat, oesophagus and stomach. Taking a break from and re-examining your relationship with alcohol will help to reduce the risk of developing these concerns.

World Cancer Research Fund champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that we can help people make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.

Find out more.

Now that you're familiar with our charity partners for Dry January 2018, why not sign up if you haven't already? Just head over to the sign-up page or download the Dry January and Beyond app, tick yes when it asks you to set up a Virgin Money Giving page, select your charity, and you're good to go.