Dry January

Could you give up alcohol for a month?

The end of the month brings payday, a fresh start and for many this month - the first drink for 31 days.

We caught up with the University of Portsmouth Rowing Club who took on the challenge of Dry January to raise money for sexual health charity, Brook. 

The team put together a list of the benefits of taking part in Dry January, as well as the struggles they faced over the month. 


  • Saving money
  • Better sleep
  • Getting lots of work done
  • Feeling clear headed
  • Raising money for charity
  • Sticking to a good routine
  • Giving our livers a break
  • Having a good time without alcohol


  • Testing self control
  • Missing out on social events
  • Finishing the January assessment period and celebrating without a drink

About Brook:

Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services UK-wide to over 235,000 young people every year. They help empower young people to deal with real life pressures: from relationships, body image and cyber-bullying, to sexuality, consent and physical and sexual abuse. 

Arrun Johal, Vice-President of Rowing Club, said: "In the past year, the Union has put a lot of focus on students understanding the importance of consent, sexual abuse and sexuality.

"We thought that Brook was the perfect charity to raise money for, as not only do they target these key issues but their services are dedicated to under 25's!"

Rowing have raised £80 for Brook, through the Dry January challenge. The team are are still taking donations via their Just Giving page. 

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