Dry January

Why Are You Saying Yes To A Drink?

Laurie McAllister | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laurie McAllister

A Sunday morning in December. I'm hungover. Hungover because I said "yes" to wine four times over last night. Not crazy hungover. Not I had a terrible night and want to run away and hide forever hungover. But

Five Things I Learnt From Dry January

Katie Teehan | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Teehan

Waking up on New Year's Day, I actually believed I would. I felt determined, for the first time, to stick to a booze ban. I was slightly affronted by the number of people who mocked my plan, citing my Irishness, and usual love of 'a few drinks' as reasons why I couldn't possibly succeed.

The Pros And Cons Of Failing Dry January

Olivia Cox | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

My name's Olivia and I suck at Dry January. I mean, the whole thing started badly circa January 3rd when I forgot I should have been dry so had to delay my start. And the panic-binge of cheap red wine on BA to No1 Bootcamp in Marrakech should really have been a sign of things to come. Things being a decidedly (at least) damp January. And come being precisely now.

I Learned A Pretty Valuable Lesson Doing Dry January For The First Time

Amy Packham | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Packham

I realised pretty early on that no one is rooting for you when you go sober for a month, especially in January. In fact, most will try and make you break it by encouraging you to have a drink with them because it's "no fun not to drink in January"

Never Mind Dry January, We Should Probably All Give Up Alcohol

Chris King | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris King

While a war has been declared on sugar, no such pressure is being put on alcohol. The voices in favour of minimum pricing, which has been rejected by the UK government, largely belong to health groups, the equivalent of the friend who doesn't drink - you respect their views and they are probably right, but you're having too much fun drinking to listen.

Beyond Dry January: Five Tips To Make The Most Of Your Time Alcohol Free

Laurie McAllister | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laurie McAllister

You're not the only one thinking about extending your Dry January to a Dry February and maybe even a Dry March (although it might not feel like it sometimes, taking a break from alcohol for an extended period of time is becoming increasingly popular.)

Doing Dry January? Here's How Giving Up Booze Affects Your Body

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When your mates are out boozing and you’re wrapped in a blanket at home sipping mint tea, it can be difficult to remember why you started Dry Januar...

Don't Quit! 5 Tips To Help You With Dry January

Kate Beavis | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Beavis

On 17th January, it is "Ditch Your New Year's Resolution" day, after the most miserable "Blue Monday" day of the year, 24 hours earlier. I have one th...

Since When Did Skinny Equal Healthy?

Jen Faulkner | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jen Faulkner

If you are doing Dry January or are giving up refined sugar then I applaud you, but please do it for your health, and don't for one minute think you'll be happier if and when you are skinny. It doesn't work like that.

Easing Yourself In After Dry January? 'Shims' Are The Low-Alcohol Drinks For You

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re about to start drinking again after a month of Dry January, “shim” cocktails could help ease you in. Shims are drinks with a lower “...

Dry January? This'll Make It Suck Less

Olivia Cox | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

In the past, I've stoically avoided the whole dry January thing. This is partly because I don't think I really drink enough to warrant the challenge. But I suppose there'll also be an element of worrying that I might fail. Which - even as I type this - I realise is ridiculous.

How To Make It Through Dry January

Polly Humphris | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Humphris

Given that January has a whopping four more weekends to survive, booze free, however, it's not always as easy as it sounds. Here's some tips to help you get through - they might seem obvious, but when all of your friends are hammered, having the best time *ever*, you'll take what you can get to shake off your FOMO and succeed.

9 Responses For When Someone Asks Why You're Not Drinking

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Dry January is here, bringing with it all of the people who want to see your teetotal ways crumble. If you’ve already been asked ‘why aren’t you...

Doing Dry January? Nine Alcohol Free Drinks To Try

Laurie McAllister | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laurie McAllister

(Image: author's own) Dry January can be hard enough without weekend habits and well-meaning friends edging you closer to a drink. Even when it's no...

This Alcohol-Sensing Wristband Will Tell You Just How Drunk You Are

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Tech

With December behind us, we could all probably do with a hiatus from the pub. But in preparation for our inevitable return to the bar, the world’s f...

2017 Is The Year Of Mindful Drinking

Laura Willoughby | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

Put all of this together, and you get mindful drinking. Not necessarily going teetotal, not necessarily following the government guidance, or anybody else's either. It's setting your own goals, based on your personal motives, and what is right for you.

Chocolate-Infused Gin Exists To Ruin Your 'Dry January' Plans

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Excited to dive headfirst into ‘Dry January’? You probably won’t be after reading this. Belgian chocolatier Xolato has created cocoa-infused gi...

10 Terrible Things You Only Know If You Have A January Birthday

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

January is never going to win an award for best month of the year - cold, bankrupt and without even Christmas to distract us. But spare a thought for ...

F**k Dry January, Here's Why I'm Doing 'Damp' January

Poorna Bell | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

The problem with dry January, for me anyway, is that there is no give. I know plenty of people who have done it, and who have loved it, and haven't given booze a second thought. It's helped kickstart healthier habits around drinking and given a much-needed break from alcohol.

Five Reasons To Give Dry January A Go

Kate Beavis | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Beavis

Fast forward to January 2015 and once again I decided to give Dry January a go, remembering all the positive feelings felt a year earlier. This time I remembered how I fell off the wagon in mid-February so secretly planned to try for a year. It has now been 24 months and I have no intentions to drink alcohol again.

Doing Dry January? Four Tips To Enjoy The Month Alcohol Free

Laurie McAllister | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laurie McAllister

The excess of the festive season leads many of us to resolve to 'get healthy' in the forthcoming year, among the changes we look to make drinking less often tops the list. Challenges like Dry January have risen in popularity over the last few years, with 16% of UK adults taking part in 2016.

Christmas Is Coming. How To Not Get Fat.

Karen Laing | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Laing

Schools are breaking up and the last of the nativity plays are upon us. We are now bang in the season of jingle bells and gin, cake, cocktails and exc...

Alcohol And You: Why The Office Party Is Often Your Most Important Wake-Up Call Of The Year

Dr Niall Campbell | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Niall Campbell

Alcohol is toxic to your largest organ - your skin. The toxins make your skin less elastic and it is very ageing. Your liver will improve. It can handle small quantities, but excessive drinking causes it to get inflamed - which is what we call 'alcoholic hepatitis', a silent disease.

A Harsh Truth: If You Can't Stop Drinking for 30 Days, You're an Addict

Ruari Fairbairns | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruari Fairbairns

It is time for change. We are the rise of the Tee-total Socialites, It is time to listen to our bodies, and not the strange societal conventions we are now accustomed to. It's time to stop associating sober with boring.

How to Moderate Your Drinking After Dry January

Laura Willoughby | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

It is hard to contemplate never drinking again. I always tell people that I am getting back on the gin and tonic again when I am 80. Many of us are not physically addicted, but habitually using, and used to drinking. So it must be possible to moderate. Lots of people do. But just like the planning you did to take a month off, you need to plan your moderation.