12 of the best Dry January memes

6 Things That Can Happen When You Stop Drinking Alcohol

If there's one sign the festive period is officially over, it's social feeds filled with Dry January attempts.

Dry Jan is a 31-day break from alcohol following what some may call Decemberoverindulging.

It's all about "taking a break, living better, feeling better", and "starting your new year the right way," according to Alcohol Change UK, a leading UK alcohol charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK.

Research conducted by the Royal Free Hospital and published in the British Medical Journal in 2018 claimed the temporary alcohol ban could: lower blood pressure, reduce diabetes risk, lower cholesterol and reduce levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood.

It is also said to reap benefits in other areas of life, too, by improving sleep, increasing energy, improving mental health and concentration.

On top of this, skin can appear brighter, 86 per cent of people said they saved money, and there's an overall sense of achievement.

Inevitably, Dry Jan participants turned to Twitter equipped with memes and jokes about the challenges of the upcoming weeks – and they did not disappoint:

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While the memes are all in the name of fun, Alcohol Change UK warn that stopping drinking suddenly can be dangerous – and can even kill if a person is dependent on alcohol.

If a person experiences any of the following symptoms after a period of drinking, it could be a sign of alcohol dependence and they should not stop drinking completely:

  • seizures (fits)
  • hand tremors (‘the shakes’)
  • sweating
  • seeing things that are not actually real (visual hallucinations)
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

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