Now that you know you can be ‘dry’ it’s time to put in longer term plans for taking back control. That might mean cutting back generally, or it might mean avoiding certain kinds of drinking – like binging, or drinking when you really don’t want to or shouldn’t be just because it’s there.

In doing Dry January, you will have noticed what your cravings feel like, what triggers them, and how you've got beyond them. Keep paying attention to that, and you'll find that your habits will change

But you can also do some preparation and planning. By thinking in advance about your strategies and practicing putting your tactics to work, you’re more likely to reach your goals – whatever they may be.

  • Do you know how much you drink? If you pour at home, (rather than using pub measures) you may be drinking more than you think. Use the unit calculator on your Dry January & Beyond app to work out how much you usually drink.

  • Keep using the Dry January & Beyond app throughout the year to track your drinking – it’s so easy to drink more than we mean to, and keeping track as we go can help us to stay in control.

  • Take your time. After an alcohol-free month you need to start drinking again slowly. Decide how much you’d like to be drinking and work up to that level by adding in one or two drinks each week

  • Think about your drinking occasions – how are you going to say ‘no’ if you’re offered a drink but don’t fancy it? How are you going to make sure you stop at the limit you’ve set yourself?

  • If you need more support have a chat with your GP or use our online local services directory to find support near you. Find out more about the support on offer here.

  • There’s also a great Dry January and Beyond Facebook group that you’re welcome to join if you’d like support from people doing the same as you.

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.