5 best Dry January apps for 2023 – Patient.info

5 best Dry January apps for 2023 – Patient.info

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Whether you’re a weekender, an after-worker, a daily tippler, or an only-with-company-er, a month of no alcohol can do wonders for how you feel, how you look, and how healthy you are inside. We explore five of the most popular apps that help you cut down or cut out the alcohol.
In January 2022, 130,000 people in the UK took part in Dry January1, the month-long stop drinking challenge that can help you mentally and physically re-set after a boozy Christmas and New Year.
But can cutting out alcohol for one month really make much of a difference on your health? Since Alcohol Change UK launched the first Dry January campaign 10 years ago, more research has emerged in support of its physical and mental health benefits.

What you’ll notice2
What happens inside your body3
For many people, Dry January is a testing ground for making longer term reductions to their alcohol consumption. The health outcomes of this are even more significant and potentially lifesaving.
Yet even one alcohol-free month can be daunting. Alongside Alcohol Change UK’s Official Guide to a Month Off Booze, a Dry January app can help keep you motivated and on track with the challenge.
We look at five of the most popular stop-drinking apps so that you can decide which one may best suit you:
Cost: Free.
Available on: iPhone and Android
Try Dry, the official app of Dry January, has been created by charity and Dry January founders Alcohol Change UK. Unlike most sobriety apps, this one was created with the short-term, flexible goals of the Dry January challenge in mind. This means you can tailor the app to reflect and respond to the level of drinking control you desire – over one month or longer, should you wish to extend.
The Try Dry January app is all about showing you what you’ve saved – from the money you’ve not spent to the calories you’ve cut out – making it a great choice for people who enjoy visual rewards.
Cost: Free.
Available on: iPhone only
Many people use Dry January to reduce – rather than totally cut out – the alcohol they drink that month. People trying so-called moist January may be best supported by an app that’s centred around drinking less. The Drink Less app is designed by behavioural scientists and contains some fun techniques to help change your attitude towards drinking.
Drink Less encourages you to log your mood, productivity, clear-headedness, and sleep patterns when you log your drinks. As you start to notice negative scores in the Your Hangover and You section, this helps to gradually change how you feel toward drinking.
Cost: Free
Available on: iPhone and Android
During Dry January and beyond, the Saying When app tracks your drinking and identifies when and where your desire for alcohol is strongest. This was designed by Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health primarily for people who want to bring their drinking under control in the long-term. However, its step-by-step instructions and trigger identifying tools make it a great Dry January app – particularly for the people using Dry January to test out longer-term sobriety goals.
While Saying When is set up for long-term success, those partaking in Dry January can benefit from learning about the triggers that cause them to reach for their beverage of choice – including any emotional, social, or cultural triggers. The app encourages you to think about this from the start through the self-assessment feature, and then uses your data to show you how much this influences your drinking behaviour – a real eye opener that encourages long-term behavioural changes.
Cost: Free
Available on: iPhone and Android
Centred around a daily drink tracker, the MyDrinkaware app may not be the best Dry January app for those attempting total sobriety. However, it can help people following a moist January, and more broadly is a great app for people considering going alcohol-free – but who first want to better understand their relationship with alcohol and how dangerous it is.
After setting your goals, you can add any drinks you have from a wide choice of alcoholic beverages and sizes. The app will then translate this into units and display the amount you’re consuming week on week, giving you a clear view of when you’re making progress or not. Drinkaware emphasises safe and healthy drinking, and alerts you if you reach risky binge drinking levels.
Cost: free
Available on: iPhone and Android
On the other end of the spectrum, the I Am Sober app is all about cutting out alcohol completely. Whether you use this as a Dry January app or to combat long-term addiction, this app offers a wealth of support and motivational strategies.
As the I Am Sober app caters for people with addiction, it focusses on providing lots of support – from the option to select a calm wallpaper to the workbook that encourages you to make positive comments to yourself. The community tab also allows you to find support among other quitters.
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