Home and dry - how did your staff fare?

Dry January

30 / 1 / 2015 12.01pm

Congratulations, you've helped your staff complete 31 days off alcohol.

Getting to the end of January without having a drink is a great achievement. After this well deserved time off your staff should be feeling better, have more energy and sleeping better.

Keeping staff healthy is an important aspect of the NHS five year forward view and it includes plans to back other national initiatives on obesity, smoking, alcohol and other major health risks. The NHS will help develop and support new ideas in the workplace to help employees’ health and cut sickness-related unemployment. Dry January is just one way the NHS is helping staff to make healthier choices and be role models for patients.

How was it for you?
We hope you've found the free tools and resources useful and you've been able to use them to encourage, support and motivate your staff to get to the end of the month. We'd love to hear from organisations who've really got behind their staff and supported them with this campaign - what did you do to keep staff engaged. Have you any interesting or exciting stories to tell - email darran.hudson@nhsemployers.org

What next?
The past month has provided staff with an opportunity to think about their relationship with alcohol, the positive changes they've made, the difference it has had to their health and wellbeing and their general outlook on their relationship with alcohol in the future. Also, now is a great opportunity to put some of the tips and ideas picked up along the way into real practice.

Dry January is more than just about taking a month off alcohol, it's helping people to think about long-term alcohol consumption and to make healthier choices. Here are a few ideas you can share with your staff about drinking in the future. 

  • Make a plan each week – pre-plan what days you’re going to drink, how much you’re going to drink on those days, along with a budget on how much you’re going to spend on alcohol.
  • Tell friends and family - if you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and that it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
  • Have a smaller drink or have a lower strength drink - try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one. Also remember to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water before, during and after you’ve been drinking alcohol – and eat sensibly.

The NHS choices website provides more help and advice on cutting down and the benefits it can have.

Finally, the full range of NHS-themed mocktails are available to view and download.

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