1. “Love Your Liver Day” is January 1 2018, New Year’s Day. The “Dry January” campaign was launched on 15 December 2017, by Alcohol Concern, the national charity.
  2. Sign up for Dry January at dryjanuary.org.uk or by downloading the Dry January & Beyond app via the App Store or Google Play and receive regular support emails from experts.
  3. A YouGov poll, released 15 December, commissioned by Alcohol Concern, estimates that 3.1 million people in the UK are already planning to do “Dry January” in 2018. “Dry January” has helped 49% of people to lose weight, 62% to sleep better, 79% to save money and many to re-set their relationship with alcohol.
  4. During Christmas, try to avoid binge drinking, leading to hangovers, illness, violence, injuries and deaths.
  5. There is no “Safe” level of alcohol consumption.
  6. Alcohol causes more than 200 diseases, particularly liver disease, pancreatic disease and cancers, including mouth, throat and breast cancers.
  7. It is safest, for men and women, not to drink more than 14 units per week. This is 1.5 bottles of wine, 4 pints of 5% beer or 14 single spirits per week.
  8. Spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days and have several drink-free days each week.
  9. Food slows alcohol absorption and reduces the risk of becoming intoxicated.
  10. If you are going to the pub or a party, enjoy yourself and others safely, appoint a designated driver “Team Captain”, pay for their soft drinks and let them decide when to go home!