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Dry January 2017 at work


Employers who are keen to raise awareness of the health and other benefits of reducing alcohol consumption might consider encouraging staff to sign up for Dry January, Alcohol Concern’s forthcoming flagship campaign for 2017.

The national charity Alcohol Concern says there are many reasons why employers should encourage their workforce to take part in Dry January.

  • Every day, around 200,000 people go to work with a hangover, with major impacts on the workplace.

  • Lost productivity and absenteeism due to alcohol costs the economy 17 million working days.

  • In financial terms, the cost of the lost productivity and absenteeism due to alcohol is estimated at around £7 billion a year.

Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s flagship campaign, credited with “changing the conversation about alcohol over the past five years”.

The charity says that taking part in Dry January after the excess of the holiday season will offer employees a chance to ditch their hangovers, reduce their waistlines and save some serious cash by giving up alcohol for 31 days.

In January 2017, Alcohol Concern is urging people to give their body a little break and just swap alcoholic drinks for something softer to experience amazing health and wealth benefits.

In the words of Professor Kevin Moore, Consultant in Liver Health, “If someone had a health product that did all that in one month, they would be raking it in.”

Alcohol Concern has produced a range of workplace resources in support of Dry January 2017, including a workplace pledge poster and a work-related guide on the campaign.

However, the charity has emphasised Dry January is not a medical detox programme and should not be attempted by people with an alcohol dependency problem. Further details about alcohol dependency is available through the Alcohol Concern website.

Last reviewed 13 December 2016

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