Can you go dry for January?

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Wolverhampton residents are being challenged to sign up for Dry January and experience the benefits of having a break from alcohol.

NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing the national campaign from Alcohol Concern and Public Health England as statistics reveal that there were 9,918 hospital alcohol related admissions in the Warwickshire area in 2017/18*.

According to independent research conducted by the University of Sussex with over 800 Dry January participants the research showed that Dry January participants are still drinking less even six months later, leading to healthier lifestyles**.

A month alcohol-free has a lot of benefits: research published in 2018, conducted by the Royal Free Hospital and published in the British Medical Journal, found that a month off lowers blood pressure, reduces diabetes risk, lowers cholesterol, and reduces levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood. During Dry January last year 88% of participants saved money, 71% slept better and 58% lost weight**.

Alcohol consumption is a contributing factor to hospital admissions and deaths from a diverse range of conditions. Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost the NHS about £3.5 billion per year and society as a whole £21 billion annually.

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said:

“Dry January has helped to change so many lives and we are urging people to take part in the campaign this year. There are so many benefits to taking a break from drinking.

“Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions, including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression and seven types of cancer. In fact, alcohol is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability for people aged 15-49 in the UK. Cutting back on alcohol reduces people’s risk of developing these conditions.”

By taking part in Dry January people can benefit from all the support that is available which includes:

  • A free app, available from Alcohol Change is available, to track your month off including your units, calories and money saved, and give you some motivation every day.
  • Check out the Dry January blog at for lots of tips and tricks for a dry month.

To sign up to the Dry January Challenge visit https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january/sign-up-for-dry-january