Dry January 2021: Are You Going Dry to Start the Year?

After the indulgence and enjoyment of the festive period, the new year can be a difficult time mentally and emotionally; enter Dry January 2021!

An increasingly popular movement, Dry January can have many benefits to both your physical and mental wellbeing.

In the first of a series of articles set to feature on the Onhealth website, we take a look at what it’s all about and why people are doing it.


What is Dry January?

The campaign, created by Alcohol Change UK, is designed to challenge people to avoid drinking alcohol for the month of January. This is in sharp contrast to the idea that people over-indulge during the festive period, with the odd extra tipple here and there adding up to a lethargic and low-key start to the new calendar year.

Often looking to improve their health and wellbeing, for many, Dry January arrives at the perfect time to address those subjects as part of a new year, new you motivation.

Why do people do it?

It allows people to feel the benefits of a month without alcohol, both in a physical and mental sense. This can include better sleep (70% of survey agreed this was something they enjoyed as a result) and better general health (65%).

The message also covers financial elements, as 86% of a survey said they’d saved money, with the desired outcome seeing people feeling fresher and more energised, and more willing to maintain better habits when it comes to consuming alcohol moving forward.

Where can I find out more?

If you want to find out more about boosting your wellbeing during January, click here to be taken to the Dry January website which has more information on the campaign.

Good luck if you decide to take on Dry January 2021!