A new survey by Alcohol Change UK, the charity behind Dry January®, shows that one in six (18%) adults who drink alcohol are planning to have a month off drinking for January 2022. And for those planning to take a break from drinking, around one in three (30%) would prefer to take part in the Dry January® campaign by using the tools and resources provided by Alcohol Change UK, rather than trying to give up alcohol on their own in January.
Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership is encouraging people to download Alcohol Change UK’s free app, Try Dry®, and take part in Dry January® to double their chances of having a successful alcohol-free month.
Research has consistently shown that many people are drinking more heavily due to the additional stresses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new research shows that almost three in 10 drinkers (28%) have found themselves drinking more in 2021, compared to 2020. Around one in six drinkers (17%) feel concerned about the amount they have been drinking since the removal of COVID-19 restrictions in the summer.