The Dry January

Community Challenge

2020 has been a tough year for everyone, and many of us have found ourselves drinking more than normal. According to our friends over at Alcohol Change UK, one in four of us who drink alcohol want to cut down in 2021, so we decided to help... 

Rethink The Drink Guernsey are running a Dry January community challenge through Alcohol Change UK (the charity behind Dry January). We’ll send you inspirational emails offering facts, tips, advice and guidelines as part of the Dry January challenge and we'll also include Guernsey relevant information. 

We'll also aim to secure some exclusive offers, deals and discounts with renowned Guernsey health and wellbeing providers, exercise, fitness and nutrition experts, which will only be available to those taking part in our Dry January community challenge.

What is Dry January?


Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. It is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK. Some people participate as a detox from their excessive drinking over Christmas. Others use the beginning of the new year to kick-start healthy habits and routines.

Dry January is for anyone looking for immediate benefits of sleeping better, more energy, saving money, improving their skin and losing weight (just a few of the many benefits).

Dry January Stats 2019

Statistics from Dry January 2019 (source: Alcohol Change UK)

The Rules of Dry January


  1. No alcohol from when you wake up on New Year's Day until 1 February.


And that’s it! Yes, it’s that simple!


If you do decide to have a drink, that's totally up to you. A drier January is still something to be proud of, and your body will thank you for it! But if you can make it through the month alcohol-free, you'll get bigger benefits. The biggest benefit of all is that you'll see you don't need alcohol to have fun, go out, stay in, relax or do anything else you might associate with drinking. And knowing that will help you take control of your drinking year-round.


Why do Dry January


Taking part in Dry January is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, boost your energy and save some serious money, while doing your body a lot of good. More importantly, it's a way to reset your relationship with alcohol and drink more healthily year-round. Read more about why doing Dry January is a good idea.


Does it work?


Yes! 72% of people who do Dry January are still drinking less six months later. You can read a summary of the evidence on Dry January's effectiveness here.

How much does it cost to take part?


It doesn’t cost anything! That’s right, our Dry January challenge is absolutely FREE. We just want you to rethink what drinking alcohol means to you and there’s no better way to reset than to try an alcohol-free lifestyle for yourself.


So, what have you got to lose? Absolutely NOTHING! To sign up for the challenge simply enter your email address and first name here. We’ll send you a welcome email with a link to your ‘Preparation Pack’. You will also receive an invitation to join our Facebook community where we can share and receive support and encouragement with others in our community.

How to Sign-Up


You can SIGN-UP right here. Simply leave your name and email address and we’ll send you inspirational emails offering facts, tips, advice and guidelines including information relevant to Guernsey residents. And because we’re local, we also aim to secure some exclusive offers, deals and discounts with renowned local health and wellbeing providers which will only be available to those taking part in our Dry January challenge.

Join us in the Dry January Community Challenge in Guernsey. You'll receive a welcome email confirming your registration (check your junk/ spam folder if you don't receive it) and we'll send you a link to our 'preparing to quit' information page so you can get yourself organised and ready to take on the challenge. 

What can you lose?

You have absolutely nothing to lose except of course your feeling of tiredness, low self-esteem, your brain fog, and a few inches from your waist. 

What can you gain?

You will gain so much simply by just cutting down on your drinking. Here's just some of the very many benefits you are likely to experience:


better sleep, better skin, weight loss, feeling fresh and energised, lower blood-pressure, higher self-esteem, no hang-overs, more time, increased productivity, increased mental sharpness, increased concentration, better decision making, decreased risk in developing certain cancers, reduced risk of strokes and heart disease, decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, leaner liver, fatter wallet.