Katie Gardiner, Payroll Administrator at Newcastle-based Chartered Accountants Tait Walker, is determined to take more days off after successfully completing Dry January two years in a row.
Katie, 28, from East Denton, said: “The benefits of doing Dry January were amazing again – I slept better, had more energy, my skin improved and I lost weight. Overall I felt great and found it much easier this time. I could have quite easily carried on and that’s why I’ve decided to download the Days Off app and track my drinking on an ongoing basis.
“It was really nice to see my colleagues taking part in Dry January this year, as it was my experience last year that encouraged them to sign up. They have all done incredibly well and everyone has noticed a huge difference in the way they feel. It is definitely worth taking a break from drinking and everyone should give it a go, even if it is just taking days off alcohol every week.
“I have definitely changed the way I think about alcohol since doing Dry January. I no longer drink as much and I don’t go wild when I go out, instead I just enjoy a few drinks with my husband and friends. I did have a few friends encouraging me to have a drink for ‘Dutch courage’ on our karaoke night out, but I didn’t give in and I even took part – who needs alcohol to get up and sing!
“I think people do worry about socialising without alcohol, but I still manage to go out and enjoy myself. In January I went out for afternoon tea with the girls from work and we were offered free glasses of Prosecco, but we turned it down and still had a lovely time.
“The idea of taking days off and reducing the amount I drink has made me realise you don’t have to have alcohol to have a good time. I’ve discovered how much alcohol can impact on your everyday health and wellbeing and I’m looking forward to continuing my healthier outlook. Since cutting back on alcohol, I have really enjoyed discovering non-alcoholic alternatives, such as alcohol-free beer.”