Dry January

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.

Can't Face Dry January? 'Shims' Are The Low-Alcohol Cocktails For You

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you can’t quite face the Dry January challenge but you want to cut down your alcohol intake, “shim” cocktails could provide the perfect halfw...

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 01.02.2016 | 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 01.02.2016 | 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.

New Beginnings and New Approaches for a Happier January and Always

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

It is very easy to find ourselves stuck, to end up in a funk where we continue in a spiral downward slump of no return. To which I say STOP, you have what it takes to turn it all around and it starts with your mindset and outlook on your approach to life.

Why Dry January Could 'Do More Harm Than Good'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A health expert has argued that Dry January might actually do "more harm than good" and said that, despite it's popularity, "it doesn't necessarily me...

Five Ways to Get Back on Track With Your Dry January

Laura Willoughby | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

Have you screwed up? Did some wine accidentally fall in your mouth? Never fear. This does not have to mean the end of your dry January. We encourage you to be persistent, and use these top tips to carry on where you left off.

Sober Sisters: Binning the Booze for Our Best Bud

Joanne Wright | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Wright

When one of my closest friends, Rachel, was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas a few years ago, I was speechless and didn't know what I could possibly do to make her feel better.

How to Avoid the Dark Side of Dry January

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Those whom historically would have had a couple of glasses in the evening, were completing Dry January and resuming their original drinking habits, only to find they wanted to drink far more in case there would be no more later on. Creating a lack and scarcity mentality that was proving difficult to break.

I'm Doing Wet January This Year

Mark Dolan | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Mark Dolan

Yes, I'm going to drink more in January, to send out my own message. Which is that 2016 should be the swansong of days, weeks and months of the year being appropriated for awareness of this cause or that.

New Year's Revolution: You Don't Need Resolutions to Improve Your Life

Susannah Saunders | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susannah Saunders

It's that time of year again when life goals are set and resolutions are made. Do you want to lose weight and get fit (don't we all)? Perhaps you're about to embark on Dry January or quit smoking. Is your goal to improve your relationships or get out of debt? Whatever your good intentions are, research suggests that only 8% of us actually achieve our resolutions.