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Dry January Wrap Up

The end of January is near so let's highlight this month's main health campaign "Dry January".


The Dry January movement encourages healthy living and substance control. It is an opportunity to reflect on alcohol consumption in our communities. As well as how to best support your friends and family.

Started by Alcohol Change UK, the movement seeks to bring awareness to the health benefits lower alcohol consumption can bring.

Statistics show that 70% of people sleep better, 86% save money, and 65% notice a general health improvement. Find more encouraging facts on Alcohol Change UK's website. And try their Try Dry app, a more personal approach to keep you engaged in lowering your alcohol consumption.

“Dry January is the UK's one-month alcohol-free challenge. It isn’t about giving anything up. It’s about getting something back. Get your fun back. Get your energy back. Get your calm back.” (alcoholchange.org.uk)

Today, take the opportunity to reflect on your relationship with alcohol and how it affects your life and relationships. You are in control of your health and wellbeing. But there are so many organisations equipped and eager to help.

Here are a few organisations featured on our database that specialize in substance abuse and how to help those affected by it.

1. Adfam

Adfam is the only national umbrella organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. As well as providing support materials and training specifically for families and professionals we inform policy development and campaign both locally and nationally for improved family support services


2. Antidote

Antidote is the UK’s only LGB&T run and targeted drug and alcohol support service. Set up over 10 years ago, we work with both drug and alcohol users and healthcare professionals. We’re here to give non-judgemental free advice and support delivered by highly trained staff and volunteers – all of who identify as LGB or T, and who have a good understanding of the pressures and problems that come with recreational drug or alcohol us


3.Build on Belief

Build on Belief offer a range of social activities for people who have, or have had alcohol and drug addiction issues, run by volunteers who have experienced similar issues themselves. Services are designed to complement the existing treatment system, offering support, social interaction, and a range of activities when there is often nowhere else for people to go, particularly on weekend



4.The Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service (DAWS)

DAWS is the substance misuse treatment service for Kensington and Chelsea. The hub is embedded in the local community and includes a welcoming team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, wellbeing workers, support workers, peer mentors, counselors, and volunteers to help you to achieve recovery

Families Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances or related behavioral problems. FA has groups, spread throughout the country, which meet regularly. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend the


5.Families Anonymous

Family Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances or related behavioral problems. FA has groups, spread throughout the country, which meet regularly. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend the meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem. The Fellowship is a self-help organisation with a programme based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions first formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous


Find here more instructive articles to help yourself and your close ones this new year.


https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/thinking-of-trying-dry-january-steps-for-success-202201032662


https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a25350484/what-is-dry-january/


https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm


https://ourworldindata.org/alcohol-consumption


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