Going Dry This January

It’s the Drink Talking blogger Faith reflects on some of the benefits of taking a month off booze this January.

With the party season soon underway and a brand new year fast approaching, it’s important to consider our lifestyle choices from here on. The effects of unemployment under a struggling economy, increasing conflict around the world and an unpredictable political climate may leave a somewhat gloomy impression of 2013. However, we have it here another attempt to control the progress of another 365 days come 1st January 2014!

Having attended the successful Dry January launch event last month, I have had the chance to reflect on the message It’s your chance to lose weight, feel better, save money and make a difference.”  And what a chance it is!

Amongst the Alcohol Concern team from executives to bloggers, there was an exciting energy about Dry January in the room. Fantastic mock-tails and non-alcoholic drinks where served in a venue where alcohol would be the norm, yet the absence of drink created a pleasant and vibrant atmosphere. The enthusiasm in the room encouraged me to give Dry January more thought than I would’ve done and here’s a couple of reasons why:

–          As a student, alcohol can be filed under luxury items on my shopping list in effect of rising prices and campaigns against discounts and special offers on booze. Dry January would eliminate the hassle of budgeting alcohol, saving me in pocket.

–          Cutting down alcohol consumption will also dramatically improve one’s short-term and long-term health. Not only will you avoid the odd hangover, you will also be reducing the risk of various types of cancer and diabetes.

To find out more about the campaign, testimonials and advice, visit:www.dryjanuary.org.uk

Get Involved!!!

Faith Gundani

*This blog has also been published on the youth led campaign website, It’s the Drink TalkingAll views expressed in this article are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of ‘It’s the Drink Talking’ or of Alcohol Concern. 

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