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24WP4255133 Dry January 1

Start your year off right with a dry January

Dry January is a monthlong challenge where you stop drinking alcohol.

If you aren’t quite ready to go a whole month without drinking, you may decide to limit drinking rather than cut it out completely by trying a “damp” January.

Participating in a dry month and limiting alcohol can have benefits during and beyond the dry or damp period. Some potential benefits of drinking less alcohol include:

  • Weight loss.
  • Better sleep.
  • Money savings.
  • Increased productivity.
  • Better relationships.
  • Decreased risk of disease.

If you are nervous about quitting, make a quit plan. To do this, consider the role alcohol plays in your life:

  • If you use alcohol to de-stress, try another way to unwind, like meditation, exercise, or a relaxing bath.
  • Reach for a drink at social events? Notice how it feels not to drink. Treat it like an experiment.
  • Plan social events that don’t revolve around drinking, like taking a walk or getting coffee.
  • Like something to sip on? Experiment with nonalcoholic options, like seltzer, tea, or mocktails.
  • For even more fun, host a dry January sober potluck with healthy non-alcoholic drinks. Try these recipes to make your dry month delicious.


Watermelon Lime Rita

  • 6 cups diced seedless watermelon, no rind
  • Margarita salt
  • Limes


  1. Blend watermelon until smooth. Press and strain through a fine sieve for a smoother texture.
  2. Rim two glasses with margarita salt. Use a wedge of lime to moisten.
  3. Pour over ice. Top with a bit of lime zest and serve with a lime wedge.


Cranberry Orange Sparkle

  • 2 oz. low-sugar cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. pulp-free orange juice
  • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • Orange
  • Fresh cranberries


  1. Pour ginger beer over crushed ice.
  2. Add the cranberry and orange juices. Stir to combine.
  3. Finish by dressing it up with an orange slice and fresh cranberries.

For more help with decreasing alcohol, email contactknovasolutions@workpartners.com or call 1-800-355-0885. We are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Facts about aging and alcohol. National Institute of Health. National Institute on Aging. Reviewed July
2022. Accessed May 2023. nia.nih.gov/health/factsabout-aging-and-alcohol