A NEW survey by Alcohol Change UK, the charity behind Dry January, shows that one in six (18%) adults who drink alcohol are planning to have a month off drinking for January 2022.
And Somerset County Council is encouraging people to download Alcohol Change UK’s free app, Try Dry, and take part in Dry January, to double their chances of having a successful alcohol-free month.
Cllr Clare Paul, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “With many of us experiencing heightened levels of stress, especially with the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, it’s hardly surprising that some of us might be drinking more without realising.
“Dry January is an opportunity to reset our relationship with alcohol. Giving up alcohol, even for a month, comes with so many benefits like better sleep and more energy, improved mental health and concentration, a fabulous look and brighter skin, a better bank balance and an amazing sense of achievement.”
A council spokesperson said: “For those planning to take a break from drinking, around one in three (30%) would prefer to take part in the Dry January campaign by using the tools and resources provided by Alcohol Change UK, rather than trying to give up alcohol on their own in January.
“Research has consistently shown that many people are drinking more heavily due to the additional stresses brought about by Covid.
“This new research shows that almost three in ten drinkers (28%) have found themselves drinking more in 2021, compared to 2020.
A quarter (25%) would like to reduce the amount they drink in 2022 and research shows that Dry January is an effective and lasting way to cut down.
Dr Richard Piper, Chief Executive of Alcohol Change UK, said: “We know that things are feeling uncertain at the moment and lots of us will be looking for ways to try to cope.
As the pandemic continues to take its toll, research consistently shows that, for many people who were already drinking heavily, our drinking habits may have taken a turn for the worse.
“The good news is that being in control of our drinking can improve our overall health and wellbeing. And that’s where Dry January comes in. It offers the opportunity for a total reset. 31 days to try something new.”
You can download the Try Dry App at: alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january
Somerset Drink and Alcohol Service (SDAS), delivered by the charity Turning Point, provides free and confidential support for people wanting to make changes to their relationship with alcohol.
For support speak to your GP, call SDAS 0300 303 8788 or visit www.turning-point.co.uk/SDAS.