Alcohol Concern has thrown down the gauntlet to drinkers: can you manage a month without alcohol?

The campaign, Dry January, aims to raise awareness of alcohol-related problems and educate people about the health benefits of abstaining from alcohol.

Aside from saving money, Alcohol Concern claims that abstaining will help you lose weight and improve your sleep and there is no shortage of participants – more than two million people signed up for the campaign last year.

Gram for gram, alcohol contains almost the same amount of calories as pure fat, so abstaining for a month could reduce your weight. Fat accumulates in the liver as a result of drinking. As little as two weeks abstinence can return your liver to good health, reducing the risk of alcohol-related liver disease. As for improving sleep, there is clear evidence that you will get a better night’s sleep if you abstain from alcohol.

For more information on the Dry January Campaign visit https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january