The end is nigh for Dry January

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30 / 1 / 2014 8.29am

A huge congratulations to everyone who has taken part in Dry January 2014 and had 31 days off alcohol.

We hope you enjoyed your time off alcohol and you've had time to reflect on your alcohol consumption.

Some of you may have started with the best intentions of getting to the end of the month and not quite managed to stay dry for the whole period, but any break from alcohol will have had benefits for your health and  helped you to think about your relationship with alcohol. Now is the time to ask yourself how good you felt during your time off and then decide whether this is something you'd consider doing again?

Feeling better

From an early stage of your Dry January campaign you probably noticed the following benefits:

• feeling better in the morning
• more energy and less tired during the day
• better skin.

Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink long term might help you maintain some of these benefits.

Your first drink after 31 days off

Saturday 1 February is the first day for you to celebrate and reflect with your friends and family on your achievements, some of you will probably do this with a glass of wine or a beer. Drink sensibly and in moderation. You'd hate for all that good work to be undone in one night.

The year ahead

How has this period of time off affected you? Has it changed your outlook on the amount of alcohol you drink and how frequently you drink it? Are you ready to set yourself a new target for the next three, six or even 12 months?

Our research team, Bang will be in touch with participants who agreed for us to contact them about their Dry January campaign in the next few days. Thank you again for agreeing to take part.

You've already successfully had 31 days off - just how far could you go? We'd love to hear from you if you plan on going the extra length - email darran.hudson@nhsemployers.org

Further information

Download our poster, Paying the price of alcohol, to find out more about the affect alcohol has on the UK, the NHS and health.

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