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Ditch the booze, boost your health

Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s annual campaign challenging people to go booze-free for 31 days.

It is aimed at the social drinker, encouraging them to give up alcohol for a month.

Launching this year’s Dry January campaign, Tom Smith, director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern, said: “All over Britain people will relax with a drink after a stressful day, or even at lunch, without realising the harm it can do to their health. Dry January is an incredible opportunity to reassess our relationship with alcohol, as well as gaining some great health benefits such as: lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, improved sleep, losing weight and feeling more energised.”

Thinking of taking part in Dry January? Check out these top 10 tips from Alcohol Concern…

1) Statistically speaking you’re more likely to succeed with the full month if you decide to fundraise. Set up a page online and you’ll not only get the health - and wealth - benefits from your month off, but you’ll raise much-needed funds for Alcohol Concern.

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.

3) Like 'Alcohol Concern' on Facebook to receive daily tips, advice, and the support of other participants.

4) Organise social outing that aren’t just about the booze, such as the cinema, bowling, live music, comedy nights, sports events or tea parties.

5) If evening drinks when you get home from work are your weakness, why not come up with an alcohol-free post-work ritual? Try finding something unique that’s just for that first drink when you get in.

6) Take some time to get fit. 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!

7) Take some time to appreciate Saturday mornings. Go for a walk and get your weekend started on a good note.

8) Find a new hobby to enjoy - 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, such as a particular mocktail or soft drink you don’t stock at home.

10) Prove to yourself and others that, ultimately, you don’t need alcohol to have a good time.

Find out more about Dry January at www.dryjanuary.org.uk or follow @dryjanuary

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