Dry January

It’s time to join the annual movement with millions of people and give up alcohol for January. Taking part in Dry January not only allows you to take control but it also allows you to raise more awareness and start conversations around alcohol with others.

You also have the chance to loose weight, save money and sleep a lot better , just like previous participants have:

  • 79% of participants saved more money than they usually would have through Dry January
  • 62% of participants said they had a lot more energy and slept better
  • 49% of participants lost weight from taking part in Dry January

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, the UK Chief Medical Officers’ advise it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

What is an alcohol unit? 

One unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. Because alcoholic drinks come in different strengths and sizes, units are a way to tell how strong your drink is.  It takes an average adult around an hour to process one unit of alcohol so that there’s none left in their bloodstream, although this varies from person to person.

What does 14 units look like?

  • 6 pints of 4% beer
  • 6 (175ml) glasses of 13% wine
  • 14 (25ml) glasses of 40% spirit

For more information and advice about alcohol visit Alcohol Concern or Drinkaware.

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