Health and Wellbeing

Have a holiday from booze – it’s Dry January

Our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team invited Andrew Misell, Director at Alcohol Concern Cymru, to tell us more about Dry January …


Alcohol Concern work closely with the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team at the Student Support Centre, 50 Park Place and Cardigan House. Together they aim to support students by offering a range of easily accessible services and events …

We’ve all enjoyed the holidays and no doubt over indulged

You can’t beat a bit of Christmas. Weeks of shopping centre scrums and supermarket queues, as we seek out those perfect present and stock up on tasty treats. Then a few days at home (or on the road to relatives) and a chance to stuff ourselves silly and experience the joy of the mid-afternoon hangover.

Perhaps it’s no wonder, once it’s all over, that each year thousands of people decide to have a Dry January  to go for 31 days without beer, wine or whatever alcohol they usually drink. Now, if that sounds easy as pie, perhaps you should try it and see how you do. If it sounds like a step too far for you, you might want to think about why it’s so daunting.

If we’re honest, alcohol plays much more of a part in our lives than it did in previous generations. It’s advertised, sold and drunk in many more places. Most of us have alcohol in the house, and we often see it as the simplest way to relax – a cold beer at the end a hard day’s work, or ‘wine o’clock’ on the sofa with a nice box-set.


Looking ahead to January, the outlook is dry

Dry January is not about to get any of us to stop drinking for ever more. It’s about all of us who drink having a pause for thought, and maybe getting out of some drinking routines we’ve got into – like when it’s ‘wine o’clock’ every night. Dry January is about waking up with a clear head every day for a month, probably saving some money, and possibly losing some weight. Above all, it’s about taking control of our drinking and working out how to enjoy a drink or two without overdoing it.


Taking part in Dry January

Joining in couldn’t be easier. Anyone can sign up online in English or Welsh at And you can follow the conversation and share encouragement and ideas for things to do instead of drinking, and things to drink instead of alcohol @DryJanuary or @IonawrSych for Welsh language tweets and on Facebook. So if you fancy a dryer start to the New Year, here’s your chance.


Contacting Alcohol Concern

For user-friendly and non-judgemental advice on drinking, please go to Alcohol Concern’s Drink Wise Wales website. If you think you or someone you know might need help with an alcohol problem, contact e-das, the single point of access for alcohol services in Cardiff and the Vale.


Contacting Counselling, Health & Wellbeing

We have friendly and approachable staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space. Please access our drop-in from Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm for a non-bookable, 10-15 minutes appointment to have an initial chat with us or, alternatively, please refer into our service by completing our referral questionnaire.

If you are worried about your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have GP please contact Park Place Surgery.


Best wishes
Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team


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The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice & Money, Careers & Employability, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, Disability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.



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