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Are you taking part in Dry January?

After the excesses of Christmas, a period away from prosecco and pints feels like a welcome change. Taking a month off drinking has become increasingly common in January.

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 last year and the number is expected to grow this year.

PHE’s survey of 1,500 people who took part in Dry January last year 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? Or how about Veganuary or Hairanuary? What are your views? 

Are you taking part in Dry January?

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Alicia
17th Jan 2020
0
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Since I do NOT drink alcohol it matters not to me !
AlisonP24
10th Jan 2020
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No I am not. I need a drop of alcohol now and then to get through January!
Bald123
7th Jan 2020
1
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Not dry but yes a little damp!
Felix1
7th Jan 2020
2
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My taking part is involuntary! Not allowed alcohol for medicinal reasons.
bob scott
5th Jan 2020
2
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Bob Scott, I have no choice the amount of pain killers and the many other medications I take per day, I have a bottle of five star Brandy on my sideboard, it's been stood there over four years half full and there it stays, what a dreadful waste but somebody one day will enjoy a nice tipple.
NDW57
5th Jan 2020
3
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Yeah, I'm taking part in Dry January - dry gin, dry cider and the occasional dry white wine !
Munsterlander
8th Jan 2020
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Haha this made me laugh-great comment.
Retiredyorkie
5th Jan 2020
3
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Is there anything else we should do. Some little person sat behind a desk again - deciding what we should or should not do.
Twiggymitch
4th Jan 2020
3
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I’m not a big drinker, I will cut back but we have family celebrations and will partake a small drink to celebrate but not to excess. I think the ‘not to excess’ is the key. With everything in moderation.
Munsterlander
8th Jan 2020
1
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I totally agree-everything in moderation and you cannot go wrong.
Yodama
3rd Jan 2020
4
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President Macron wants to try this, and the French say a resounding "NON."
I find this appalling, yet another method to try to kill off all pleasures that weary humans have left.
Not everyone becomes alcoholic.
RichardM26
3rd Jan 2020
4
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I look forward to a Dry January every year, I hate walking to pub in the rain!!
Wilf
3rd Jan 2020
4
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Great Answer! Our local has closed so its a can of Guinness now for me at home.
Lionel
3rd Jan 2020
4
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I just don't see the point of going dry for January or any other month.

If you enjoy a drink carry on. If you don't drink it doesn't affect you. It's that simple.

Thus, it's a load of nonsense that is helping someone is make a packet.
ArchieUK
3rd Jan 2020
4
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Certaingly not, I enjoy my bottle of yorkshire whiskey every week and I am not going to give it up because of some silly fashion.
LanceFogg
2nd Jan 2020
5
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Certainly not. I haven't over-dosed over Christmas and New Year so I have no reason to go "dry".
I drink reasonably all the year round.
Only those who can't help themselves, feel guilty about their excesses or want to develop a new train of conversation at their next Weightwatchers meeting get on board with Dry January.
What a load of bunkum!!
ispy
2nd Jan 2020
3
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Never. Someone has to help our pubs stay alive and that's me
EAGLEDREAMER
2nd Jan 2020
3
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Since I've turned 60 (now 75) I drink very little other than a small bottle of beer in the summer.Over Christmas I had just a few glasses of wine.I had to drive 80miles on Christmas day and another 80miles Boxing day.I've had just a few glasses of wine New Years day.I don't miss it one bit.
GwynethC8
2nd Jan 2020
2
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A glass of wine with my evening meal ( but not always) and, perhaps, a cider or a G&T if I'm watching a good programme on tv at the weekend but that's all.
ElisabethR
2nd Jan 2020
3
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I rarely drink....... So yes or no wherever your fancy takes you really.
Frenchy68
2nd Jan 2020
6
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No. I do not drink enough to warrant this. If I want a glass of wine I have one. I am old enough and experienced enough to know what is good for me and what is not. Hopefully All Silver Surfers agree.
Dimitris
2nd Jan 2020
4
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Over the years I have come to reflect what my old grandma used to say, 'a little of everything does you good',
I have never been a great drinker, never smoked. I must admit I have loved my food to the extent I would eat anything if it stood still long enough. That phase has gone now to I eat when needed.
The greatest achievement we can all strive for is to be happy with ones-self. Treat your body with respect and learn to laugh your head off, to achieve this, just look who is sitting next to you?..
It will keep you young and content...

Happy New Year to you all.
Wilf
3rd Jan 2020
3
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Totally agree with your Grandmothers saying. It helps you enjoy life without becoming addicted to things that could harm you-drink, cigarettes etc etc.
Munsterlander
8th Jan 2020
1
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I totally agree-my relatives luckily lived to a ripe old age and everything was done in moderation although grandad on my mums side had a pipe for every day of the week! He lived to 93!
jacacc1210
2nd Jan 2020
6
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Only drink on social occasions so no need too. Happy New Year to all silver surfers.
Len33
2nd Jan 2020
6
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A dry January?
I'll drink to that!
Yodama
2nd Jan 2020
3
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I don't drink ( very occasional tot) so...yes I will not be indulging in January.
Dangerous fuel is drink.
MrsPat
2nd Jan 2020
4
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Not really as I drink so little anyway it does not really make a difference.
Wilf
2nd Jan 2020
4
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Yes sort of. As I get older the only drinks I really like are a pint of Guinness and a few glasses of white wine. Had a few of both at Christmas and now keeping dry.
swaneldo
2nd Jan 2020
4
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If you have self control, there's no need for all these right on theme months. I'll stick to having a drink at the weekend and not during the week - it works for me and it's spread over the whole year so seems a sensible option without being 'worthy' for a month. You either drink with sensible control or you give it up altogether if you're getting concerned about it.
arnoldbradford
2nd Jan 2020
5
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Have been "T" total for three years so the answer is obvious.
Lionel
2nd Jan 2020
4
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Well done Arnold, although never great drinkers my wife and I packed up about three years ago. As said elsewhere the bank balance is a little healthier!
Margaret Hart
2nd Jan 2020
4
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I suppose my answer must be yes but as most of the year is dry for me it’s no real change. I enjoy myself whether I drink or not do I just don’t see the point.. when people can’t remember what they did how is that oneself. I have a toast at celebrations and usually at. Christmas but my husband had a heart attack on Christmas Day it really wasn’t appropriate.
Judith358
2nd Jan 2020
5
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I don't drink now anyway. I have cut out all sugar and have low carbs. I feel so much better without poisoning my body. If I do gave a glass of prosecco or wine now, it just makes me feel so ill.
Kentish Maid
2nd Jan 2020
6
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I always think a dry January is a strange thing, if you drink in excess over the festive period you probably drink more than you should over the rest of the year, so in February it is full steam ahead for the rest of the year. Like going on a diet for January and as from February I will carry on as normal.

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