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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?


Diabetes in Salford

Diabetes is a long-term health condition that can have serious consequences if it's not managed and treated properly. Over 12 000 people in Salford have it, could you?


When your body breaks down carbohydrates, found in starchy foods, some milk, dairy, sugary foods, and fruit, it's turned into glucose. Your body produces insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn glucose into energy.

Diabetes is when your body doesn't have the insulin it needs to allow glucose to be turned into the energy. This is due to one of two reasons, depending on the type of diabetes you have, type 1 or type 2.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is when your body no longer makes insulin itself, meaning it struggles to turn the glucose in your blood into energy.

Only about 10% of people with diabetes have type 1. It can develop at any age but usually does before the age of 40. Type 1 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in children.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is when the body can't produce enough insulin or the insulin doesn't work properly for the body to use glucose for energy.

This is the most common form of diabetes, with around 85% of all people with diabetes being type 2. It is often associated with being overweight. Type 2 tends to occur over the age of 40 for most, though it often develops in South Asian people from age 25.

Around 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be delayed or prevented by making lifestyle changes to stay healthy and reduce your risk.

If left untreated

Diabetes can lead to a number of complications and serious health conditions if it's not diagnosed and treated properly.

It's a common cause of sight problems and blindness and can also be responsible for kidney failure and lower limb amputations. It can also increase your chances of heart disease and stroke by up to 5 times.


Who to contact

Diabetes UK

The national Diabetes charity with a range of information, advice and support on all aspects of diabetes.

Visit the website

Careline - Diabetes UK

Tel: 0345 123 2399
Mon–Fri, 9am–7pm

Confidential helpline supporting anyone affected by diabetes. Calls are charged at normal rates.

Visit the website

Help Beat Diabetes

Help Beat Diabetes
First Floor Summerfield House
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Stott Lane
M6 8HP

Tel: 0161 212 5574

Greater Manchester campaign to encourage diabetes patients to take part in research studies.

Visit the website

Global diabetes community website containing advice and information on all areas of diabetes.

Visit the website

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