Signing up through the official campaign means you’re more likely to succeed and get all the great benefits. The emails we send are filled with tips and advice on how to get the most from your month. Plus you can join the community on Twitter and Facebook for more hints, recipes, ideas, and support from all the other people taking part.
Got a super specific question that hasn’t been answered? Why not consider asking it on one of our Facebook Expert Panels? Odds are if you’ve been wondering it, someone else has too. Find out more about them here.
Otherwise here are our top ten tips to make in through Dry January.
1) Statistically speaking you’re more likely to succeed with the full month you decide to fundraise. Fundraising is super easy, just set up a page online and you’ll not only get the health (and wealth!) benefits from your month off, but you’ll raise some much-needed funds to support our cause and help protect children and families from the harm alcohol can cause.
2) Encourage friends and family to sign up with you – the more of you there are taking part, the easier it is to stick with it. Plus that way you know you’ll have an address book full of people still eager to meet up!
3) Like us on Facebook to receive our daily tips, advice, and the support of other participants too. Be part of the community and offer encouragement to your fellow Dry January participants.
4) Organise social outing that aren’t just about the booze. Cinema, bowling, live music, comedy nights (like our Dry Humour night), sports events, board game nights, mocktail evenings, tea parties, poker games, museum visits, bake offs – the list goes on and on! A month off booze doesn’t need to mean a month off socialising.
5) If evening drinks when you get home from work are your weakness, why not come up with an alcohol-free post-work ritual? While you probably have umpteen cups of tea or coffee at work, try finding something unique that’s just for that first drink when you get in. It might be a deliciously soothing rooibos tea, naturally high in antioxidants that help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol (which is also linked to belly fat). Or a powerful cup of chamomile tea, which is fantastic for relaxing (the Roman’s used to drink chamomile tea after battle to relax, so imagine what it’ll do after your day of office-based warfare).
6) Take some time to get fit (everyone else is trying!). You should have more time and energy just from the break from alcohol, so imagine what you’ll feel like with a bit of exercise working in your favour too. Start an evening walk every day, or make a commitment to a plan like the NHS’s Couch to 5K plan.
7) Take some time to appreciate Saturday mornings. Go for a walk and get your weekend started on a good note. Sure mid-January weather will probably mean you’ll need a coat, but it’s refreshing to be up and have energy, so make the most of it.
8) Find a new hobby to enjoy. It’s that time of year for New Year’s Resolutions, so finally join that book club you’ve heard about, buy that guitar you’ve always wanted to play or write that novel that’s been eating away at you.
9) Come up with some night-out-only soft drinks. If you’re drinking the same thing you’d have with lunch the evening can feel less special, but if you have a particular mocktail or soft drink you don’t stock at home you’ll feel more like you’re “out out”.
10) Prove to yourself and others that, ultimately, you don’t need alcohol to have a good time. Dry January isn’t a time to barricade the doors and hide, but a time to show yourself you can achieve incredible things regardless of whether you’ve had a drink. Sure, James Bond might like the occasional martini, but he doesn’t need one to be awesome.