People in Rugby have been swapping their cocktails for mocktails and taking up Alcohol Concern’s Dry January Challenge to stay off the booze for a month in hope to lose a few pounds in weight, while saving a few pounds in cash.
Even though the New Year has started it’s not too late to sign up for the challenge.
This week Alcohol Concern are holding free Mocktail Events where guests can try a mocktail, collect a mocktail recipe card, take away some Dry January freebies and sign up for the challenge.
The event will be held on Friday, January 8 from 1pm – 3.30pm at The Recovery Partnership, 1 Regent Place, Rugby.
For those who can’t make it to an event, here’s a recipe for a banana & cinnamon smoothie to try at home.
1 banana, sliced or mashed
½ pint semi skimmed milk
2 tbsp clear honey
A dash of cinnamon
Place the banana, milk, ice and honey in a blender and then blend until smooth.
Transfer to a serving glass and finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Rachel, who took up the challenge in 2015, said: “I used to have a glass of wine most nights. I wasn’t sleeping well, but I didn’t realise I was drinking enough for alcohol to be disturbing my sleep patterns.
“I had been drinking more than I realised and I decided to try Dry January to ‘reset’ the alcohol clock and see what difference it made to my sleep.
“After six weeks dry and so much feeling better for it, I committed to just drinking at weekend and occasionally during week. I found once I had opened a bottle, I tended to finish it over next evening or two so I now buy mini bottles if I want a drink mid-week to ensure I haven’t got any left in the fridge!”
Launching the Dry January campaign, Tom Smith, Director of Campaigns at Alcohol Concern, said: “Having a month off from booze helps people realise wine o’clock is often more of a habit than a pleasure.
“Dry January is an incredible opportunity to reassess our relationship with alcohol, as well as gaining some great health benefits such as; lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, improved sleep, losing weight, feeling more energised.”
Anyone who would like to sign-up for Dry January can visit http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/ or follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.