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Dry January is the UK's one-month booze-free challenge. Sign up. Save money. Feel great.

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.

The rules

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

... And that's all!

We don't sell Golden Tickets to give you a day off. If you 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!

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, and save some serious money by giving up alcohol for 31 days. Read more about why doing Dry January is a good idea.

But does it work?


COPD in Salford

If you don’t know what COPD is, you’re not alone. There are over 5,000 people in Salford who have it but don’t know it.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) generally descibes a number of lung conditions, like chronic bronchitis and emphysema, where your lungs become damaged and can't take in as much air.

It can make exercising and even the easiest day-to-day activities, like cleaning the house or walking to the shops, more difficult.

Am I at risk of COPD?

Smoking is the most common cause of COPD, particularly if you have been a heavy smoker for many years. Symptoms don't usually appear before the age of 35. Long-term asthma sufferers can also develop COPD, as well as people who have been exposed to air pollution, fumes or dust over a long period of time.

You can inherit COPD but this is extremely rare. This is through a genetic condition call Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which causes damage to the lungs.

Can COPD be cured?

There is no cure for COPD but you can cut down the risk of developing it. Stopping smoking is the best way to do this.

Even if you do develop COPD, although you can't reverse the lung damage, there are many ways to help improve your health and manage the condition.

The most important thing to remember is the sooner you're diagnosed and get treatment, the healthier you'll be. See your doctor to get a lung check.

Getting treatment as soon as possible, living a healthy lifestyle and quitting smoking are the best ways to stop more damage to your lungs.


Who to contact

British Lung Foundation

Tel: 03000 030 555

Specialist helpline providing help and advice to those living with lung conditions and their carers. Lines open M-F 9am-5pm.

Visit the website

Breathing Better

Tel: 0161 206 3159

6 week Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme. You can either book yourself or ask your GP to refer you.

Salford Stop Smoking Service

Tel: 0800 952 1000

Free drop-in advice and support sessions.

Visit the website

Lung conditions - Healthunlocked

Online forums to share issues and ask advice about a wide range of illnesses, including COPD.

Visit the website

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