"A study … found that Dry January leads to healthier drinking habits," the Mail Online reports. Dry January involves giving up alcohol for the month.


There is limited evidence about whether taking part in the challenge could lead to long-term changes in patterns of drinking. A recent study looked at 857 UK adults taking part in the challenge.

Around two-thirds of the sample successfully gave up drinking for one month. Compared with those who failed to abstain, those who were successful were, unsurprisingly, more likely to drink less, have lower dependence scores, and be more able to refuse alcohol to start with.