Having made it through January (well done you!), you want to set a new bar for drinking at a slightly lower level. Well, that month off will certainly help! Here are a few tips for getting started:

  • Use your Dry January and Beyond app to see how many units you were drinking each week in December (there’s a helpful calculator) then decide how many you’d like to cut down by in February. You can use the app to keep track of how much you’re drinking throughout the year too!

  • Count your drinks. It’s really useful to know how many drinks you normally drink so you can cut back by just skipping one or two drinks a week. You can use the Dry January & Beyond app to do this, or keep a drinks diary.

  • Join our friendly, supportive Facebook group for inspiration and ideas: the Dry January Community Group

  • Think about the drinks you enjoy and those you just drink because they’re there or out of habit. The latter are the best drinks to cut out – and you’ll be amazed at the difference this makes.

  • Try out some no- or low-alcohol products. There are new low-alcohol beers and wines appearing all the time, and the quality is constantly improving. Read about some of our favourite beers, spirits and all sorts of other drinks for whatever you fancy.

  • Maybe you’d like to drink your usual amount, just on fewer days of the week. That’s a great idea; the UK’s Chief Medical Officers recommend taking at least three drink-free days each week. Remember – just because you haven’t drunk all week doesn’t mean you should go all out at the weekend.

  • Ask your nearest and dearest to help keep you on track. Sharing your decision can really help you to maintain your focus on why you want to make this change.

  • If you’d like more support, your GP will be able to put you in touch with your local alcohol support service who can offer you a few weeks of support to help you get your strategy in place. Find out more about the support on offer here.

Thank you Dry January!

As you probably know by now, Dry January is run by the charity Alcohol Concern. We work all year round to reduce the harms that alcohol can cause, by doing research, campaigning and offering support.

Do you feel better after Dry January? Or is all that cash you saved not drinking burning a hole in your pocket? Anything you donate, big or small, helps us work to save and improve lives.

Donate now.

Why Alcohol Concern?

Every hour, someone in the UK dies as a result of alcohol. And it’s not just those who drink too much who suffer; alcohol is a factor in 1 in 5 of children in need of social care in England, and costs the NHS an estimated £3.5 billion each year. Find out more here.