Dry January is here! It is a chance to detox after the festive season.

We will be putting items out on social media throughout January including a truly inspiring real carer story from our Drugs and Alcohol Carer Wellbeing Workers, Kelly and Iona.

We hope to reach family and friends affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use and offer them our services. We had new people come to our groups following Alcohol Awareness weeks, so thank you to you all.

Please take some time to brush up on what is on our “Caring for Drugs and Alcohol Webpage”. Please offer people calling in a friendly, listening ear, our confidential and friendly Drugs and Alcohol groups, where they can say as much or as little as they would like.

You can ask callers to be referred to speak with one of our Drugs and Alcohol carer workers who understand the issues and complexities. Callers may initially not want to register, please just take a name and contact number and address if they are prepared to share and refer through anyway. Kelly and Iona will be able to reassure and support them with the next steps.

Maybe you are thinking ‘Why do Dry January’?

Lots of us feel like we’re drinking a bit too much, or too often, or just like we could do with some time off. A month off is the perfect way to reset your relationship with alcohol. It only takes three weeks to break a habit, so this could be your route to happier, healthier drinking long-term.

But the real magic happens when Dry January is over. Dry January helps people to drink more healthily year-round, according to independent research conducted by the University of Sussex with over 800 Dry January participants. It showed that Dry January participants are still drinking less even six months later.

Check out Alcohol Change for more information

This Drink Coach app new DrinkCoach service is offered FREE to West Sussex residents who want to change their drinking habits.

Kelly, Iona, our volunteers and myself are around if you feel like talking about Dry January, or how best to support people affected by someone else’s drinking when you are on the Response Line.

Many Thanks