The Dry January Challenge


Alcohol and Ulcerative Colitis” by Kimery Davis, licenced under CC BY 2.0

So, you managed to escape pickling your liver over the Christmas season and now here is January, a new month and a New Year. The big question is – how are you going to make the most of it? You may not be a ‘new year’s resolutions’ type of person, but one thing that does tend to grab people’s attention is Dry January. You might not even be a big drinker, but if you are and you can abstain for the entire month of January, you could raise a lot of money to benefit a whole bunch of charities.

How it works

Well, there’s not a strict rule, and it’s not an official thing—yet. Many people simply save the money they would have spent on alcohol and donate this to their chosen charity. You can also raise money by getting your friends and family to sponsor you for every day you choose to not drink alcohol for the entire month. You can ask for a pound for every day, a set amount for the month or any other combination therefore. At the end of the month, you collect on your promise—so long as you have been good—and then donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice. There is also a website, where you can sign up and commit to staying dry for the whole month or donate to support it.


Loch Ness from Fort Augustus Scotland” by Dave Conner, licenced under CC BY 2.0

Have a break after your hard work

If you want to help yourself succeed even more, why not set yourself a tempting reward at the end of the month as a treat for your hard work? A spa weekend at the Kingsmills Hotel Inverness can allow you to literally wash the stress away. Alternatively, if you fancy staying in London, why not experience 5-star food heaven at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington? You can then walk off your dinner with a stroll through Kensington Palace Gardens.

If you are still stuck for ideas, there is always the luxurious Perfect Manors Scotland and their array or luxury accommodation that can help you get out of town for a while. Go on, indulge, you’ve earned it.