Are you up for the challenge of a month without alcohol?
Many people out there feel they drink too much, drink too often or would just like to take a break from drinking. This could be for health reasons or because you’re worried about your habits.
Whatever the reason, January is the perfect excuse to give our bodies a well deserved break, get healthier and feel better about ourselves!
This is the month to swap the martini for a cup of tea, that wine for some tea and that beer for tea, or whatever non-alcoholic drink you like.
We have some lovely, helpful, informative books to give yourself some extra support:
by Rosamund Dean
Ever woken up worrying that you said the wrong thing at work drinks the night before? Felt frustrated with yourself for polishing off the entire bottle of wine when youonly intended to have one glass? The emotional pull of alcohol is strong, but this book is here to help us cultivate a new, healthy and more mindful relationship with alcohol. Journalist Rosamund Dean combines scientific expertise with practical advice in a game-changing four step plan.
by Catherine Gray
Ever sworn off alcohol for January and found yourself drinkingby the 7th? Think there’s ‘no point’ in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. Before embracing sobriety Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish cycle of drink, horrible decisions and hangovers, during which she had her fair share of ‘drunk tank’ jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety with a 3-pronged approach combining the author’s personal experience, factual reportage and contributions from expert sources and self-help advice for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol intake or elimate it completely.
by Dr. Andrew Rochford
Everyday, men all over the world make hundreds of thousands of decisions that impact on their health, happiness and wellbeing. In many circumstances they are small, seemingly trivial decisions, but each and every one of them directly affects how a man performs in their job, in the bedroom, at the gym, and in their life. Knowing how to make the better decisions for you – without joining a fitness cult or drinking nothing but kale juice – is the trick. ‘The Reality Checkup’ is written in a conversational but authoritative tone and instantly engages the reader, encouraging them to change bad habits and adopt healthy new ones.
The 28 day alcohol-free challenge : sleep better, lose weight, boost energy, beat anxiety by Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns
Be happier, healthier and more productive by taking a break from booze! An illustrated day-by-day guide packed with inspiration and practical help, this book helps you reset your drinking habits and discover a hangover-free world of quality time to achieve your goals. Drawing on their own experiences of ditching the drink, and bringing together the collective experience of the thousands of people they have helped, Andy and Ruari bring you unparalleled insight into how you can make your break from alcohol an empowering, life-changing experience.
by Katherine Bebo
Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Eating junk food, drinkingtoo much and rarely (or barely) exercising – we’ve all been there. Sometimes you just need a bit of help, some practical advice and a few words of encouragement to get yourself back on track. Intended for anyone with a busy life, this handbook gets straight to the point, gathering together useful tips, motivational quotes, and achievable steps, towards a healthier body and happier mind.
by Annie Grace
Millions of people worry that drinking is affecting their health, yet are unwilling to seek change because of the misery and stigma associated with alcoholism and recovery. They fear drinking less will be boring, difficult and involve deprivation and significant lifestyle changes. ‘This Naked Mind’ offers a new solution. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, it will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture.
by Lauren Booker
Whether you’re a Daily Tippler, a Weekender, an Unwinder or a Both Ends of the Candle-er, this book will lead you through each stage of your booze-free challenge – from ‘coming out’ to friends and family, to sober dating, setbacks, cravings, going out and staying in. Deeper sleep, reduced anxiety, improved mood, clearer skin, more energy and of course, extra cash, are just a few of a whole host of benefits to be gained from trying dry.
by Annie Grace
It’s YOUR body. It’s YOUR mind. It’s YOUR choice. If you’re reading this right now, you’re questioning how much you drink. Maybe you know you drink way too much and you want to quit. Or maybe you’re just curious. No matter where you are on the drinking spectrum, you’re not alone. You’re probably wondering why in the world you keep drinking, even though you’ve made a conscious decision to cut back or quit altogether. Are you sick of waking up with a hangover, having to piece together conversations and wondering if you said or did anything embarrassing? If you’ve tried to give up or moderate your alcohol consumption in the past and failed, you need to know it’s not your fault. There’s something going on that you’re probably not aware of. And once you understand it, your eyes will be opened and you’ll be able to undergo this experiment in a meaningful way.
by Helen Foster
With over 2 million adults taking part in Dry January in 2016, not to mention Dryathlon, Stoptober, or plain old giving up the booze for Lent, more and more people are attempting a ‘dry spell’ every year. But how do you actually give up booze for more than a few days without falling off the wagon? The health benefits are obvious and if it was easy to quit we might all be teetotallers. The truth is, there are a lot of people who have trouble admitting how hard cutting out alcohol is and definitely need help to ease the transition. It’s not about willpower alone – it’s about changing habits and being ready for the multiple challenges that lie ahead.
by Clare Pooley
Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle so she left her successful role as a Managing Partner in one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies to look after her family. She knew the change wouldn’t be easy but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day, and spending her evenings Googling ‘Am I an alcoholic?’ This book is the bravely honest story of a year in Clare’s life. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze-free and cancer-free, she no longer has a wine belly, is two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. She has a happier family and a more positive outlook.
by Jack Canfield and Dave Andrews
‘The 30-Day Sobriety Solution’ offers the answer to anyone who feels their drinking has become unmanageable. Inspired by Canfield’s work in self-esteem and success training and developed into a programme by Dave Andrews, it integrates positive psychology, neurolinguistic programming, cognitive therapy, meditation, positive self-talk and the correction of negative self-perceptions, amongst numerous other techniques.
If you’re finding this challenge hard, or know someone who’s struggling with alcohol, Alcohol Change UK is there for you if you need help or support.