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22 December 2016

Thinking of attempting an alcohol free for January?

Dry January - Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign which, has been changing the conversation about alcohol over the past five years. Taking part in this campaign is a chance to kick-start the year on a healthy note, reducing your waistline, whilst saving money by giving up alcohol for 31 days. Find out more here Dryathlon - Join thousands of “Dryathletes” ditching the drink this January and raising money for Cancer Research UK to help beat cancer sooner. A month without alcohol not only means no hangovers and more cash in your pocket, but also raising money for some incredible life-saving research. Find out more here

What are the Benefits?

A month off alcohol can make a real difference, just some of the benefits people have experienced are:
  • Weight loss
  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Clearer skin
  • More time; no more hangovers to sleep off
  • More money (the average person spends £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime)
  • The sense of achievement for finishing your month
  “If someone had a health product that did all that in one month, they would be raking it in.” Professor Kevin Moore (Professor of Hepatology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust). The benefits don’t simply end come February as typically, most people continue to drink less even after the month is over. What starts as a simple challenge often becomes a more impactful lifestyle change. By going alcohol free for January you’re not just doing some good for yourself, you’re part of a movement of millions of people looking to improve the lives of those around them too. You’re helping to create a culture of happiness, confidence and health that achieves far more than just a break from alcohol. In addition to fundraising, your efforts will support Cancer Research UK and Alcohol Concern, but perhaps more importantly, raise awareness of the diseases alcohol abuse can lead to.

Top 10 tips for keeping your resolutions

  1. Start out with just one resolution. If you try and focus your energy on changing just one aspect of your life, your chances of success will be even greater.
  2. Forward planning can help too, so take some time out a few days before New Year’s Eve and reflect on what you really want to achieve.
  3. Try for a new resolution. Revisiting previous resolutions you didn’t achieve could lead to frustration and disappointment.
  4. Break down your objective into bite size “SMARTER” goals that contribute towards your overall resolution. S - Specific M - Measurable/Meaningful A - Achievable R - Realistic/Relevant T - Time-specific E - Evaluate R - Readjust/Reward
  5. Tell your friends and family about your goals. You’ll definitely get more support which means less chance of backing out at the last minute.
  6. Keep a journal of your plans and the progress that you make, this will help you to evaluate your progress and visualise what you’ve already achieved.
  7. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.
  8. Regularly remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals by creating a checklist of how life would be better once you obtain your aim.
  9. Incentivise your resolution, plan little treats for reaching mini-milestones and for sticking to your resolution. If you are quitting smoking or giving up alcohol, think of the money you have saved and how this could be better invested, like towards a summer holiday or a new wardrobe.
  10. Finally, if you slip-up don’t quit, keep going. When you reach your target at the end you’ll be glad you did.

Pledge documents / HA can help

Thinking of getting involved? Why not ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you for charity? Not only will you help raise much needed funds for a good cause, but those who make a public commitment to fundraise are more likely to complete the whole month. There are many different ways to fundraise, so join the 2 million people who tried cutting out last year and find the idea that’s right for you. Whatever your chosen resolution, whether it be quitting smoking, cutting out chocolate or participating in Dry January, Health Assured are here to help. Why not visit the health portal for more information and advice on supporting you through January and beyond.

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