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Dry January

We learnt last November that the cost of living is rising at its fastest rate for 41 years, making a tough winter for many people. When under pressure, it’s easy to use alcohol as self-medication. A dry January is not drinking alcohol, knowing that it will not only bring health benefits, but also save money. Are you joining the dry January wagon?

Dry January

Alcohol is heavy

Most people drink alcohol for pleasure and see few downsides. Here’s a darker side of booze:

  1. In England there are an estimated 602,391 dependent drinkers. Only 18% are receiving treatment. 
  2. 27% of drinkers binge drink on their heaviest drinking days (over 8 units for men and over 6 units for women).
  3. In 2020 there were 8,974 alcohol-specific deaths (around 14 per 100,000 people). This is a 18.6% increase in deaths from 2019.
  4. Alcohol is 74% more affordable than it was in 1987.

Benefits of joining a dry January

  • A brighter skin, calmer mind, and better sleeping patterns.
  • A dry month helps people think about alcohol across the remaining year.
  • Being alcohol-free for 31 days demonstrates that people don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, or to socialise.
  • Alcohol is linked to to many nasty medical conditions, including liver disease. Reducing alcohol intake over the long term improves health.

Anyone enjoying an alcoholic drink should aim to drink less than 14 units of alcohol per week. Booze is a positive when people drink together, as socialising has positive health effects. Friends and family spend more time talking and are more likely to share smiles. The NHS recommended drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread across 3 days or more. That's around 6 medium (175ml) glasses of wine, or 6 pints of beer. In other words, two drinks in an evening.

ChildMax continues to ensure your salary and pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave, caring for a sick child. It starts from £49.50 or for easy budgeting an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

Visit at or call the UK call centre 0333 323 0098 for more information.

Important: if worried about your or a family members’ drinking habits, then speak to a GP for help.


Date: 02 January 2023 by Max Robinson