[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor]
If you think you may have overindulged a little too much over Christmas, then Dry January may be for you. Dry January is a annual campaign by Alcohol Concern, a charity that works on alcohol-related issue. To take the challenge all you have do is give up the booze for the entirety of January. You can also sign up for a JustGiving page, and get people to donate to support your alcohol free month.
Last year, more than 17,000 people signed up to Dry January, and this year it could be you. Natasha, a second year Psychology student at UH, has decided to take the challenge this year. ‘I had a great time over Christmas’ she says, ‘but I wanted to kick off 2015 in a healthier way. It’s been okay so far – it’s a bit weird not drinking when I go out – but I’m not missing alcohol that much.’
Even if giving up the booze isn’t for you this January – there are plenty of other ways to get involved. Why not donate to Alcohol Concern, or raise money by fundraising in a different way – take on a sporty challenge or set up a cake stand. Alcohol Concern is an essential charity for those suffering from the effects of alcohol dependence; only 5.6% of dependant drinkers have access to treatment and hospital admission rates for liver disease have rose over 100% in under 30’s in the last 10 years.
So even if you don’t fancy giving up Alcohol this January there are plenty of ways of getting involved and raising funds and awareness for Alcohol Concern. If you are taking on the Dry January challenge this year, let us know how you’re getting on by tweeting us @TridentMedia.