Why Dry January doesn’t mean completely giving up alcohol
Dry January is an event run by a charity called Alcohol Change UK with the aim to educate people on their alcohol consumption not just in January but all year round.
For many students the idea of not drinking for an entire month can seem impossible. The great thing is that you don’t have to. If you like the idea but aren’t sure because of a specific event then maybe just have a drier January. There are still benefits to having just 1 drink instead of 3 and you will still become more aware of what you are drinking and why.
So, for those of you who have decided to go in head first, what are the benefits?
- Save Money – as a student this is a massive one and one of the main reasons that I was interested in the event in the first place
- No Hangovers – this can only be a plus, really!
- Sleep better – it has been proven time and time again that alcohol can disrupt sleeping patterns so if this is something you struggle with maybe Dry January is for you
- Lose weight – If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight an easy way to start the process would be to lessen your drinking. Did you know that there are around 150 calories in a pint of beer?
One of my biggest concerns when considering Dry January was nights out. Can you still go out and not drink and have a good time? From my experience the answer to this is yes you can. You don’t have to wait in drink queues, less toilet queues and it is interesting to experience a club sober.
Of course you don’t need to go out in Dry January – so what else can you do?
- Park Bar hosts quiz nights as does Mojo’s.
- You could join a society
- Home at halls hosts a variety of interesting events all term round
- Go to the cinema (which is cheaper than a night out)
- Go out for a meal with friends
So if Dry January sounds like it is for you why not visit their website to find out more? https://alcoholchange.org.uk/
Written by Amelia Dinsdale