Dry January: Refreshing Reset for the New Year

Alcohol has become part of our lives, it is used for celebration, socialising and managing stress. It is legal, acceptable and often encouraged, however many people notice that it is affecting their mood, physical and financial wellbeing.

January is often a time when we think about making a change. Dry January, an initiative by Alcohol Change UK, has gained popularity worldwide as an option to improve many areas of your life with one simple change.

Discover multiple benefits associated with giving up alcohol for only one month and see if taking part is just the refresh you need to start your year.

  1. Improve Physical Health

One of the most immediate benefits of Dry January is the positive impact on physical health. Research conducted by Royal Free Hospital found that a month without alcohol lowers blood pressure, reduces diabetes risk, lowers cholesterol and even reduces levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood.

  1. Enhance Mental Wellbeing

Participants of Dry January reported experiencing improved mood, clearer thinking, better sleep and more energy. Best of all, they learn that it is possible to have fun, relax and socialise without alcohol and it is often more enjoyable. Abstaining from alcohol can reduce anxiety and depression risk and make social and family relationships stronger and more relaxed.

  1. Financial Savings

Over 80% of people participating in Dry January saved money doing so. On top of direct savings from not purchasing alcohol, participants have saved on other expenses, such as late-night taxis, take-aways and impulsive buys under the influence. Giving up alcohol can boost productivity and potential earnings.

One month without alcohol may not seem like a long time, but it is often enough to break old habits and patterns. Over 70% of people participating in Dry January find that they use less alcohol 6 month after finishing the challenge and continue enjoying the benefits that come with it.

At Catalyst Support we recommend Dry January as a worthwhile challenge and we are here to support you on your journey to physical, mental and financial wellbeing. On our website you can find a range of resources to help you understand your units, the benefits of cutting down and tips to do so.

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