A better night’s sleep, more energy and a calmer mind are just some of the benefits to Dry January, an initiative by Alcohol Change UK.

Dry January® is an annual campaign which sees tens of thousands of people go alcohol-free for the month of January using tools and resources provided by Alcohol Change UK, including the free Try Dry app, daily coaching emails, and an active online community.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is encouraging residents to consider taking part in Dry January to lower their risk of health issues including diabetes, cancer-related proteins in the blood and high blood pressure as well as saving money.

Around 1 in 5 adults - or about 10 million people - in England regularly drink at levels that significantly increase their risk of harm, at more than 14 units per week.

Research shows that those who take part in Dry January by downloading Alcohol Change UK’s free app, Try Dry®, or by signing up for its coaching emails are twice as likely to have a completely alcohol-free month, compared to those who try to avoid alcohol in January on their own, and have significantly improved wellbeing and healthier drinking habits six months later.

Dr Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Change UK, said: “Download the free app, Try Dry®, to take part in Dry January® and enjoy all the benefits that brings. The app allows you to track your units, calories and money saved from not drinking, plus set personalised goals and earn badges year-round. And remember, taking part in Dry January® is proven to help you have a better experience and double your chances of success, compared to just trying to stay dry on your own during the month.”

Visit the DHI website for more information: https://www.dhi-online.org.uk/