Dry January Download the Dry January App About Dry January What is Dry January? Our story Support and policies Our partners Why do Dry January? Get involved Resources Charities In your community In your workplace Fundraising Blog Why I'm planning on doing Dry January! People take part in Dry January for lots of different reasons - whether that be to save money, get healthier, or simply to set themselves a challenge. We spoke to five people about their reasons for taking a break from alcohol this January. Will you join them in ditching the booze for a month? Ellen "I have recently limited my drinking to only on the weekends as I am getting a bit older, and it's not as fun to wake up with a hangover anymore! Having alcoholism in my family also leads me to be more cautious with my own drinking and I try to acknowledge my own limits. Doing Dry January will be a great way to see how having a break from drinking effects other areas of life." Mark "I’m thinking about doing a Dry January and maybe February too. 2017 was a difficult year; unemployed, I spent more time than is healthy in pubs. I need to lose a little weight. In the past, I discovered that cutting down on booze is an easy way to cut calories." Kevin "I'm going to do Dry January to give my body a rest! After the usual round of Christmas parties at work, followed by Christmas and New Year with family and friends, you've got to look after yourself a little bit! And I really like the idea of making that commitment for the whole of January. It makes it easier to stick to - you kind of don't have to think about it after that." Marius "I am taking part in Dry January this year because I want to 1) see if I can last a whole month, and 2) see how much of a part alcohol plays in my life. Often, it's only when you take something out of your life completely, that you realise how big of a part it actually played in the first place. In the past year, I have noticed my alcohol consumption creeping up, and I think periods of abstinence from alcohol help you reset what is 'normal'. Not drinking for a month will hopefully break the habit of drinking thoughtlessly, and often." Valerie "I used to drink a lot of alcohol at university, both on nights out and just casually with friends and I never really realised the effects it was having on my mental health. Now, almost 2 years after graduating I continue to regularly consume it. However, having moved away from an environment where it was considered part of the everyday, I realise how much of a negative effect it has on my mental wellbeing." "Alcohol seems to make me highly anxious - I don’t particularly feel hungover after drinking a lot, but I do find that I become incapable of performing the simplest tasks. This is why I will be taking part in Dry January, as I hope to gain a much clearer mind and minimise these feelings of anxiety. Who knows, it may even result in a complete lifestyle change." Are you taking part in Dry January 2018? It's not too late to sign up here.