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Are you ditching the drink for January?

As 2019 begins and the post-Christmas haze wears off, many people might be considering New Year resolutions.

January is becoming increasingly associated with a break from the alcohol, after the excesses of the festive season.

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging people to take part in so-called Dry January, by pledging to give up alcohol for the whole month. It’s quite the thing these days; more than three million people took part in 2018 and the number is expected to grow this year.

PHE’s survey of 1,500 people who took part in Dry January found that six months later, 67 per cent reported that they were now drinking less alcohol than they used to. Seventy per cent said they had lost weight after their month off booze and 63 per cent said it improved their sleeping.

Find out more here about Dry January

Are you taking part in Dry January? Have you done this in previous years? What are your views? 

Are you ditching the drink for January?

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viking
21st Feb 2019
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Not sure about a dry January, now that the drink drive/drugs figures have been published for the previous month. These seem to indicate that the words of wisdom have fallen on deaf ears again.
Lesley27
9th Feb 2019
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You should have a N/A box for those of us who don't drink anyway - not everyone has a need to throw alcohol down their throats just because it's Christmas/a birthday/wedding/weekend or whatever the event may be.
sparrer
11th Jan 2019
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Have had an alcoholic drink since 2005 so my 'yes' answer is a bit of a cheat but couldn't really put no!
sparrer
11th Jan 2019
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That should have read Haven't had an alcoholic drink since 2005 !
powell808
11th Jan 2019
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Definitely trying to reduce alcohol intake, simply by having 3 days a week without alcohol. I never take on anything new in January as its a 31 day month and too much pressure straight after the Christmas period. February is a much better month, you've had time to clear out some of the left overs from the festive period and it's a shorter month!!
Surfer Pete
9th Jan 2019
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January is a miserable month anyway and if you enjoy a drink then it will become even more miserable if you ditch the drink for the whole month.

Just have a few days off a week and cutting down at other times should do the trick.
AuntyLin
9th Jan 2019
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Not drinking my usual glass of wine a night means I'm also not eating my usual salty snack as well. Let's see if the scales will be kind to me.
jacwhit
8th Jan 2019
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No, not giving up for January, but making a concerted effort to just drink at weekends
Raindrop
7th Jan 2019
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No I`m not giving it up, but after Christmas I will be going back to drinking a bottle of wine on weekends only. Life`s too short. Enjoy it.
Silversurfer9
6th Jan 2019
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I think it would be too much of a shock for my body as I have just completed....can’t remember December
GerryW6
5th Jan 2019
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No life is too short and i read a newspaper article from a top doctor saying that it has little health benefits and in some cases makes your health worse !
Lionel
4th Jan 2019
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Well, no. I ditched it six months ago. Permanently.

There's no following highly paid health gurus in the press, nor caving in to the intense battering in the media. No virtue to make public. Just ...

I found a photo of my father, a desperate alcoholic for 40 years. He was then on his last legs, literally. The face was unrecognisable, he was stooped with glazed eyes, clearly oblivious to everything around him.

I recall looking up at my wife and thinking, I'm not going down that road! I have clear memories of a sickeningly difficult childhood, abusive is the current description. It was so bad we didn't meet or speak for the last 14 years of his life.

Never a heavy drinker it was quite easy to stop. But I did have a powerful motivation.
ShellH
3rd Jan 2019
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I'm trying it for the first time as part of a lifestyle shake-up now I've retired. Drinking wine routinely with dinner made it less special. I'd like to drink much less often so it's a treat I can savour. A complete month's break should set me up for that.
Faye5858
3rd Jan 2019
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Yes I am.
I’ve never done it before and feeling bloated and tired on January 1st I decided to give it a go.
I only have a drink at the weekends though so maybe it won’t make a huge difference but I’d like to see the benefit on the scales come February!
ecarg
2nd Jan 2019
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I rarely drink so could easily give it up for Jan just a pity I can't give up the biscuits so easily.
CaroleAH
2nd Jan 2019
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As a fellow abstemious drinker perhaps we should give up the biscuits instead!!! 🙂
Christiana
2nd Jan 2019
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I'm doing chocolate instead
347
2nd Jan 2019
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I am a very moderate drinker, not fussed either way .When I do I enjoy.
Alicia
2nd Jan 2019
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I do not drink alcohol so there is nothing to give up.
Wilf
2nd Jan 2019
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I will continue to have a few pints of Guinness each week and a few glasses of wine with some crisps and thoroughly enjoy them. So long as you drink sensibly its one of life little pleasures. The problem is when you start to like drink too much!
Retiredyorkie
2nd Jan 2019
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No - that's my answer short and sweet
MaryW377
2nd Jan 2019
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Oh god no .i love a glass of wine with my evening meal.then later on have a couple more.it helps me to sleep.
JOHNEFF
2nd Jan 2019
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I don't drink every day. Why restrict myself, I enjoy the company of pubs, also can't imagine having a curry without a beer.
Salvatore
2nd Jan 2019
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I had 3 jack and coke on Nye and have not even uncorked the champagne bottle as I'm waiting for a lovely woman to come into my life to celebrate together..ps I'm in London...any taker??
LanceFogg
2nd Jan 2019
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No way. I drink moderately and consider a glass of wine as part of a meal not as an extra. I actually helps the digestion. Anyone who cannot drink in moderation needs help.
I cannot understand the concept of doing without something for a month and then only to go back to what you were doing before.
Wilf
2nd Jan 2019
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I agree with you all this excess and then absence cannot be good for the body. Just keep a healthy diet, do not drink too much and exercise. I look at my Grandparents bless them, who lived until their mid 90s. They were very poor, had basic foods, lots of exercise especially walking. Too many people swing each way. Masses of drink then nothing. Masses of eating then drinking these stupid diet drinks. Best to be sensible and eat and drink in moderation.
ArchieUK
2nd Jan 2019
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Give up drinking, gtive up suger, give up tobacco, give up red meat, next it will be give up breathing.
Bah Humbug, lrt me just live my life in my own way.
Bald123
2nd Jan 2019
2
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Yes is the answer! We had too much over the last few weeks. We are also ditching chocolate, mince pies, cakes and taking up more walking, drinking water and tea.
Munsterlander
2nd Jan 2019
4
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My motto with drink is moderation. I have about 2 bottles of wine a week and a few beers. Always have done. Sometimes a few more sometimes less. I do not actually feel like drinking that much at the moment after New Years festivities but may have a glass or two next week.

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