Last updated: Thu 29 Dec 2016

Can you give up booze for 31 days?

Visit Nunney supports Dry January, an initiative of Alcohol Concern UK. Sign up today and find out the huge difference a month without booze can make.

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Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign which has been changing the conversation about alcohol over the past 5 years.

Research has clearly shown that alcohol increases the risk of 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers. Every year, alcohol causes around 12,800 cases of cancer in the UK.

While that doesn’t mean everyone who drinks will develop cancer, on the whole cancer is more common in regular alcohol drinkers. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer.

When it comes to cancer, it isn’t clear yet whether binge drinking is even worse for you than drinking smaller amounts more often – it’s more about the overall amount you drink. But drinking more in one go does increase the risk of accidents and injuries.

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
  • Time – no more hangovers to sleep off!
  • The sense of achievement for finishing your month
  • The stats show most people drink less booze even after the month is over!
  • The realisation that you’re actually just as awesome without the alcohol

And think of all the money you’ll save (the average person spends £50,000 on booze in their lifetime!).

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Join 2 million others

Taking part in the campaign is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save some serious £££ by giving up alcohol for 31 days.

In the words of Professor Kevin Moore: “If someone had a health product that did all that in one month, they would be raking it in.”

But 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. In 2016 over 2 million people tried to cut back on their alcohol intake for January.

You’re helping to create a culture of happiness, confidence and health that achieves far more good than just the break from booze.

Heritage

Nunney Post Office

William and Betsy Vickery ran the Post Office in Horn Street from 1851 and were leaders of the region’s Temperance Movement.

Nunney has a long and proud heritage as a community trying to cut back on alcohol. Hundreds joined in with rallies and marches in and around Nunney Castle in the middle of the 19th century, with brass bands and flags raised on top of the castle.

Nunney was also the first parish in the country where employers were persuaded to stop paying labourers part of their pay in cider. Nunney villagers were leading lights of the UK’s Temperance Movement and prominent speakers at events throughout the region for decades.

You can read more about Nunney’s history of trying to beat the booze in our article Nunney Scarecrows – Part 2: The revolution starts here.

Sign up today

C0R9cPJXUAAV24iYou’ve got nothing to lose and lots to gain by giving up booze for a couple of weeks. You can ask friends, relatives and colleagues to sponsor you for charity – but you don’t have to. It’s up to you.

Whether you ask everyone for their support or join on the quiet (and see how you get on), it’s entirely up to you.

Whatever you do, you’re not alone. You can download the free phone app with tips and tools to help you (including seeing how much money you have already saved), use the website to get support from others and join one of many Facebook groups for people who are doing the same challenge.

Sign up today at alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january. It’s free.

January & Beyond

The benefits don’t have to stop at the end of January. A month off alcohol won’t make much difference to the risk of diseases like cancer – they’re linked to your long term health and habits, so you need to make long term changes to make a difference.

But that doesn’t have to be difficult, and you don’t need to make big changes all at once – smaller changes that fit into your life are usually easier to stick to.

Big changes start with little steps. Sign up to Dry January today and make that all-important first step right now.

You can find out more about the health benefits of changing your drinking habits at cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/alcohol-and-cancer/how-to-cut-down-on-alcohol.

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