Across the nation, many are participating in Dry January.
Alcohol Change UK, a national charity for Alcohol concern and research is behind this event.
This event has people dedicating themselves to not drinking for the entirety of this month.
Will Robertson, of Wimborne Road, is navigating his way through this journey.
Motivations behind Dry January
As he reaches the midway point of the month, Mr Robertson is seeing some changes to his daily life.
The main motivations for doing Dry January are health, money, and hangovers.
The 26-year-old realises it has been several years since he has not gone a week without drinking, and believes that if he keeps this up he could face some “serious health issues.”
Additionally, Will is shocked by how much of his money goes to alcohol and how he would waste the next day feeling awful.
After two weeks of doing Dry January, Mr Robertson is seeing some positive changes.
I am feeling great…
He said: “I am feeling great, it’s become a fun challenge I am doing with my girlfriend.
“So we’ve been cooking and hitting the gym instead, and spend our time on more health oriented experiences.
“Strangely I haven’t seen many of my mates since new years.
“I feel most of us are in the same boat of not drinking so we are unintentionally trying to remove the triggers that could cause us to go out for some beers.
So I’d say my social life has changed slightly, which I guess is a good thing.”
1 in 3 people is planning to take part in Dry January
A statement from Dry January by Alcohol Change UK states that over 7.9 million people are planning to go alcohol-free this January.
That is 1 in 3 people prefer to take part in this event.
According to statistics almost three in 10 drinkers have found themselves drunk more last year and one in four would like to cut down.
For more information on Dry January click the link here.