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Some members of Team Spirit also committed to a dry January and gave up alcohol for 31 days along with you.  They all had different reasons and motivations for giving up for a month.  Now that the month is over they have been letting us know how they got on.

Team Spirits Progress

Find out how they are got on on their journey.

Listen out on air to hear more updates from the team and how they are getting on throughout January.

Nicola PrendergastIndia's  Progress:

I have found Dry January harder than I thought it would be; not because I have been really craving a drink but I have found breaking the habit and routine very difficult! On a number of occasions I had to remember not to drink!!! Socially it has been hard as I have not wanted to go out so much and not drink. On a more positive note I have found that my sleep has been much better, I have saved money and I have also been able to spend my weekend awake and active rather than sleeping off the Friday/Saturday nights. My biggest change for me is my awareness; I never kept track or noticed how much I drank until Dry January. I wouldn’t say I feel as though I have lost weight because I have been staying in and eating more if I’m honest! I think my biggest achievement would be last Saturday night when I played the role of “taxi” and went with my friends to Portsmouth for the evening/night. We arrived at 9pm and didn’t leave until 4am! I managed the night on 2 cokes & 1 red bull! (I wouldn’t say I would like to do it again though!)

My biggest change will definitely be cutting back the amount I drink. I do not want to go cold turkey because I do enjoy a drink but I will be cutting down considerably. I realise now that I don’t always need to have a drink to have a good time. I will avoid drinking during the week and aim to stick to weekend drinks; that way I shall hopefully cut back on my overall units. Dry January has saved me approximately £170.00 so that’s great!!

 Stuart's Progress

 I certainly noticed a financial benefit and had a clearer head at weekends. Unfortunately any money I saved I wasted on meals out, but I'm glad I did it!

 

Sally AustinSally

What is you motivation for signing up to the Dry January campaign?

I’ve signed up to run (or at least complete!) the London marathon for The Sussex Snowdrop Trust and I want to make sure I give it 100%. The hard training starts in January so for me it’s mostly a health motivation.

How many units do you drink on average each week?

Honestly….between 18 and 27!

What do you think the biggest benefit will be to not drinking for a month?

Hopefully I’ll end the month a little healthier, a little lighter on the scales but with a slightly heavier purse – so lots of benefits for me.

Marianne_Web_2014Marianne

What is you motivation for signing up to the Dry January campaign?

Curious to see what impact not drinking regularly would have on my health.

How many units do you drink on average each week?

10 units on average

What do you think the biggest benefit will be to not drinking for a month?

Hoping to feel healthier!

Nicola PrendergastNicky

What is you motivation for signing up to the Dry January campaign?

Health & weight loss

How many units do you drink on average each week?

21 units

What do you think the biggest benefit will be to not drinking for a month?

Weight loss and generally feeling better.

India EdeIndia

What is you motivation for signing up to the Dry January campaign?

To give me motivation into kick-starting getting back into shape after Christmas.

How many units do you drink on average each week?

I drink on a Wednesday sometimes Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I consume approximately 20-25 units a week. I think women are only supposed to have 14!

What do you think the biggest benefit will be to not drinking for a month?

More money and hopefully it will mean some early nights and more time to spend with family and doggies if I am not going out drinking so much.

Stuart McGinleyStuart

What is you motivation for signing up to the Dry January campaign?

A personal challenge

How many units do you drink on average each week?

1-2 maximum

What do you think the biggest benefit will be to not drinking for a month?

Saving money and health benefits

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