Dry January

19th January 2021

Dry January at The Montfort

While we’ve all likely participated in New Year’s Resolutions, a new trend is picking up for January and that’s to go ‘dry’ or give up alcohol for the month. Last year, Alcohol Change UK reported: “Among people who were completely dry, 59% reported reduced alcohol intake, 49% reported increased control over their drinking, and 43% reported better mental well-being, and 32% reported better physical health at 6-month follow-up."

The Manchester Evening news reported on a study of 10 people who participated, “10 people drank no alcohol while four continued as normal. There were no significant changes in any of the parameters measured for the four people who didn’t give up alcohol. But the changes were "dramatic and consistent" across all 10 abstainers.” So, there’s quite a few compelling reasons to participate.

We want to help anyone who is taking part in Dry January with some helpful tips:

• Why not lock up your liquor and give the key to a trusted friend. You’ll have them to keep you accountable which can help with maintaining your abstinence.

• Remember that loads of cocktails can be made without alcohol. Just order a virgin or mocktail version.

• Several top beer producers create alcohol-free versions of their popular lagers and ales. Try one of these to enjoy the familiar flavours.

• Attend events and outings were alcohol would not normally be a part of. Consider live sporting events, biking, running or church gatherings.

• Each week, take all of the money you would have spent on alcohol and set it aside as a special treat for yourself in February.

• Take the pledge with a friend and plan weekly alcohol-free dinners together to keep your social life active during January.

• Keep track of your key health metrics in a diary so you can refer to your progress at the end of the month.

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