Dry January is the annual effort to give up alcohol for the first 31 days of the year.  There are Dry January campaigns around the world but it is particularly popular in the UK. According to the group Alcohol Concern, 5 million Britons took part in Dry January last year. The goal is to reset your relationship with alcohol.

Matt Field will be taking part in Dry January this year as he has in past years. He is a professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool and an expert on addiction. Professor Field is a fan of the annual effort and he says it almost certainly has short-term benefits.

However, he says it’s not entirely clear Dry January changes our relationship with alcohol in a lasting way.

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