Dry January

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 19.01.2016 | 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 12.01.2016 | 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 08.01.2016 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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 05.01.2016 | 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 03.01.2016 | 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.

10 Quick Ways to Start Your Dry January - Including Some You Can Do From Bed!

Laura Willoughby | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

Do you say you're a "wine lover"? Or a "real ale enthusiast"? Is your profile pic you holding a cocktail? Is that how you want to present yourself to the outside world now you are aiming at a new and improved you? How about changing that bit to something else about yourself? It's great to remember that drinking is not the most interesting thing you do.

The Benefits of Going Alcohol Free

Sadie Brown | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

Me saying no to the offer of a Margarita is like Kate Middleton swearing - just wrong. But the truth of the matter is, I feel great not drinking. Amazing great, not just 'okay' great, I feel the babies in the Evian adverts. I am reborn anew.

Dry January. How Was It for You?

David Hall | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Hall

If we look at behavioural theory, there's evidence to suggest that the sceptics might be overstating the futility of January austerity. One of the most powerful forces in behaviour change is social norms, the simple idea that we are heavily influenced by what others do.

What 100 Days of Sobriety Taught Me About Life

Kevin Widdop | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kevin Widdop

Dry January was never really too daunting, given three-quarters of October, November and December all passed in a state of complete sobriety. My dirty little secret - drinking coca cola at parties and telling white lies by hinting I had already had enough that night - is well and truly and out. I'm as sober as a judge, people.

Your Body Your Rules

Rivkie Baum | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rivkie Baum

On the 7th of January. That is this Wednesday, midway through the worst week of the year. Self styled, weight loss expert Steve Miller has proposed a 'Warn a Friend They're Fat Day'. 'Warn', seriously Steve? Do you know a single fat person who doesn't know they are fat?

Why Giving Up Booze Does Not Mean Your Social Life Is Over

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

Why is it that when you say you're giving up booze people just want to ply you with more alcohol? I had to do that old trick of pretending to down a shot and surreptitiously throw it over my shoulder.

How Completing a Dryathlon Helped Me Grow Up

Michelle Gleaves | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Gleaves

Before my month away from the tipple, I was very self-aware about how young and immature I was. Now I feel as though I am actually an adult. Someone who can have one drink and mean one, who can have a diet Coke instead of a shot of vodka at a busy venue, who doesn't feel obliged to stay out if in fact they want to go home.

Lie January: Why I Told Everyone I Was Doing "Dry January" When I Really Wasn't

Jennifer Simpkins | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jennifer Simpkins

Obviously, when I first heard about the idea of Dry January, the cowardly introvert in me did a little dance of glee. Finally, here was a ready-made excuse to stay sober without having to fend off snide insinuations that I didn't know how to have any fun.

Dryathlon Diary Week Three - New Balls Please!

Tom Stroud | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Stroud

Standard first date practice is a few quiet drinks in a nice little bar, giving both parties the opportunity to leave with ease should the conversation grind to a halt. However, sober dating requires a bit more thought, and we settled on a spot of ping pong at a bar in Holborn.

No Need for Dry-January With 5:2 Your Life

Emma Cook | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cook

Why do I feel more cheerful this January, no longer counting the days until February 1 rolls by? Could it be something to do with ditching dry January and looking forward to a glass of something chilled and white on most evenings - what a difference that makes.

Dryathlon Diary Week Two - Re-e-Lapse (Almost)

Tom Stroud | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Stroud

I spent the first couple of days genuinely enjoying my sobriety. Stress levels were lower and I slept like a baby, even rising early doors to hit the hotel gym while my colleagues slept off their hangovers. However, on the third night, our group decided to go out to sample of Manchester's famed nightlife...

Sober and Stubborn: Struggling Through Dry January

Louise Naughton | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Naughton

The problem is that while yes, I have lost weight, my skin is glowing, my daily gym routine and healthy eating plan is continuing uninterrupted (for a full two weeks) and I have been more productive at work than ever, I can't help feeling...well...a bit boring.

WATCH: Stupid Drunk Man On Bridge Shows Why No-One Should EVER Drink

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Meet Ry Turner. He's a student who describes himself as a "polite sensible guy".. who gets "steaming with the lads" and does "mad" things. What. A....

Dryathlon Diary Week 1 - Go Dry or Go Home?

Tom Stroud | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Stroud

I love alcohol. There, I said it. It makes everything more enjoyable. It's been a big factor in some of my closest, most meaningful relationships. In fact, it's the main reason some girls even find me attractive enough to enter a relationship in the first place... So when the people at Dryathlon enlisted me for a month of sobriety in the name of raising money for Cancer Research UK, I felt a tad concerned.

Does Being a D-Lister Beat Slaving Away on the A-List?‏

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

Bankrupt, bored, or on the brink of being dead and buried. Life has never been better for the D-lister thanks to the return of Celebrity Big Brother.

Drugs at Work 2: Christmas - Showing Dry January What Fun Was

Josh Barrie | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Josh Barrie

Many people in the UK decide to detox after the Christmas period. Stilton, port and vast amounts of mince pies are all very well, but come at a cost. It's a price some aren't always happy to pay, so they then spend January and beyond moaning about weight gain and their plans to get fit for the summer.