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Are you cutting out the alcohol this January?

Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,430 Disability Gamechanger
edited January 7 in Coffee lounge

Happy New Year and Dry January to you!

The start of the year marks the month of Dry January, which means going through the entire month without consuming alcohol. The timing is very much perfect for what the event is, following the Christmas and New Year celebrations  people have often consumed quite a bit more alcohol than they otherwise would and Dry January offers a fun challenge to get back on track, or work towards a new year's resolution of drinking less alcohol or giving it up completely

Of course, the event also aims to highlight the health and lifestyle benefits you can gain from giving up alcohol for a month, these include:
  • Lower blood pressure
  • A reduced risk of diabetes
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduced levels of cancer related proteins in the blood.
  • A healthier bank balance - 86% of participants save money
  • Improved sleep and energy levels - 70% of participants have better sleep and 66% report feeling more energetic
Those who do Dry January can also utilise the free Android and iPhone application to further strengthen their chances of completing the challenge.
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Take a quiz to find out what you really know

From your brain to your genitals, how much do you know about alcohol's effects on your body? Take this quick quiz from Alcohol Change UK to find out. Follow the link below:

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Mocktails

We recently took a closer look at mocktails as part of Alcohol Awareness Week, and concluded that they are a mighty fine alternative to alcohol, which make them a fantastic option for a month like Dry January. Feel free to head on over to that thread and discover some yummy sounding mocktail recipes!

Over to you

  • Are you doing Dry January? 
  • Have you taken the above quiz and did you learn anything? 
  • What are your tips for avoiding the booze for a month?
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,915 Disability Gamechanger
    I don't drink much. usually when we are on holiday and we buy some drink in for Christmas, have never really enjoyed drinking at home but am having a couple of drinks each night now.
    Everything in moderation as they say, what I have managed to do since xmas is cut my smoking down quite a bit, using my e cig more.
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,341 Disability Gamechanger
    It wint be hard for me as I dont really drink unless I have company and as we cant have that then it will be dry month for me 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,730 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm going to cut out the spirits but do have some Baileys that needs using up... mind you, that counts as a dessert, right? 
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    Nope.

    I don't drink excessively anyway for health reasons but I enjoy a drink now and then.

  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,430 Disability Gamechanger
    Congrats on cutting back the smoking @woodbine, do you feel better for it? 

    Yes @Cher_Scope, of course, it's just pudding :) 

    I only tend to drink at Christmas and on special occasions, otherwise I can easily go a few months without a drop. Rough thing for me is my birthday isn't long after Christmas so I normally end up receiving alcohol as a gift then too :D 
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,915 Disability Gamechanger
    @Ross_Scope its early days yet, just hope I don't put back the weight i've lost in the last year, time will tell. B)
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It's not a problem for me as i don't drink anyway, gave it up many years ago.

    @woodbine well done on cutting down on the smoking! Not an easy thing to do, for sure. I'm an ex smoker, almost a year for me. Although i do use my vape. Could never go back to smoking now, can't stand the smell. Although i'm not against others smoking, if that's what they choose to do. Was a smoker for 36 years.
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  • vikingqueenvikingqueen Member Posts: 255 Pioneering
        @Cher_Scope, don't forget an ice cube or two as water is good for you and if you add a cherry it's one of your 5 a day  :D
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,915 Disability Gamechanger
    It's not a problem for me as i don't drink anyway, gave it up many years ago.

    @woodbine well done on cutting down on the smoking! Not an easy thing to do, for sure. I'm an ex smoker, almost a year for me. Although i do use my vape. Could never go back to smoking now, can't stand the smell. Although i'm not against others smoking, if that's what they choose to do. Was a smoker for 36 years.
    Confession time i started smoking when I was 11 that's 51 years ago now, but I worked out that even cutting half a dozen cigs a day out was almost 2000 less a year.
    Well done you for being an ex smoker for 12 months that's a big achievement.
  • CressCress Member Posts: 466 Pioneering
    Another lifelong smoker here...managed to quit once for three years and then started again.
    I do smoke a lot less now because I make myself go outside to the shed to smoke no matter what the weather....got so fed up of the smell in the house and constantly having to re paint ceilings...lol
    Never been much of a drinker...but do like a cocktail for a treat every so often.
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,034 Pioneering
    I dont drink I stopped drinking when I was 18  I was drinking from the age of 15 due to abuse as I was in care dulled the pain

    I smoked up until my father died of cancer 11yesrs ago  so don't do either now 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,150 Disability Gamechanger
    I haven't drunk for about 12 years (aged 16).  Even then I only had the odd beer, never drunk spirits at all.  

    Also never smoked a single cigarette.

    Fun fact...you don't have to smoke or drink to be unhealthy!  :D
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,034 Pioneering
    @OverlyAnxious to right lol choclste burgers cooked breakfast lol ha ha 😂 
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