We're forecasting a dry January

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Dry january logoAfter all the indulgence of the festive season, why not give yourself a break from alcohol and try going booze-free during the month of January.

To help us all stay on the proverbial wagon, you can take part in Dry January, a month-long challenge to stay alcohol-free.

It's a good idea to take a break from drinking during January. People tend to drink a lot more in the run up to Christmas. Even if you are staying within the recommended intake, drinking most days of the week – no matter how much – can have bad effects on your physical and mental health.

Persistent alcohol misuse can lead to heart disease, stroke, liver disease and liver cancer among other things.

There are a lot of benefits to taking a break from drinking. Healthwise, not drinking will improve your skin, help you lose weight and help you sleep better. You will also save money to spend on other things. Overall you will feel more alert, better rested and also get a sense of accomplishment if you complete the challenge.

There are several ways to help you stay booze-free, including the new NHS One You Drinks Tracker app, which tracks the amount of alcohol you drink and gives you daily tips and feedback.

According to the Alcohol Change UK, 72 per cent of people who chose to have a dry January say they were still drinking less riskily in the months following. Choose not to booze this January.

  • For more information on the Dry January campaign visit the Alcohol Change website.
  • For more information on alcohol misuse and support with dependency visit the NHS website.