Many of us don't realise that we actually drink more than the recommended intake of alcohol per week and during the festive season we often find we drink more than normal. If you are interested to find out how many units you consume during an average week you can use the Unit Calculator
The Alcohol Change UK campaign, "Dry January” encourages people to take a month off from alcohol and enjoy the benefits of having a break from drinking after the indulgences of the Xmas holidays. It only takes 3 weeks to break a habit so after taking a break for a month you are likely to be taking steps towards healthier drinking long term.
Alcohol Change UK report that last year, during Dry January, 79% of participants saved money, 62% reported better sleep and more energy and 49% lost weight. These are just some of the many benefits giving up or reducing alcohol intake can have.
Other benefits of taking a break from alcohol throughout January include:
- Improved skin
- Wake up feeling refreshed
- Have more time in the day as you won't have a hangover to sleep off
- You'll realise that you don't need alcohol to enjoy yourself
Are you interested in taking on the challenge? You can choose to simply challenge yourself or register with Alcohol Change UK to help them raise money through sponsorship. Visit their website to find out more and register.
If you prefer, you can use your challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK - visit their Dryathlon page to find out more.
Don't forget to let The Staff Wellbeing Team know you are taking part!