Long-term supporter Kerry Rubins is 45 and lives in Deal, Kent. For the last two years, she’s taken part in Dry January and plans to do it again this time around. Here she explains why.

Thursday 20 December 2018      Health information blog
Kerry Rubins

My friend Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2006, and sadly passed away from the dreadful disease four years later, aged just 42.

Since then, I threw myself into fundraising for Breast Cancer Now. I wanted to do everything possible to raise awareness and help fund vital, life-saving research.

Because of Julie’s experience, and through my involvement with the charity, I became very aware that there were things I could do to reduce my chances of developing breast cancer - and drinking less alcohol was one of them.

I decided that Dry January 2016 was the perfect way (and perfect time) to start drinking less, as I’d heard that giving up for 31 days helps to cut your drinking long-term.

Before and during Dry January, I had (and still have) a diary full of social events and parties. Some call me a social butterfly, others would say I’m a bit of a party animal. So, it’s quite common that I have a drink or two.

The first time around, I’m not going to lie, Dry January was incredibly hard. I had several social events that surrounded me with friends and family drinking, so temptation was everywhere. But waking up the next morning with a clear head and a good nights’ sleep was amazing…and my waistline was thanking me for it after over-indulging at Christmas.

Dry January gets easier each year, probably because I’m a lot more conscious about how much I’m drinking all year around. Yes, I still have a drink, but the handy tricks I learnt while doing Dry January means I limit what I have.

I’ll be taking part in Dry January 2019 – will you join me?

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