One in five Americans is participating in Dry January

Jamie BallardData Journalist
January 11, 2019, 2:00 PM UTC

Another 21% say they think Dry January is a good idea, but they won't be participating

January can be a time to start fresh, and for many Americans, that includes going (temporarily) alcohol-free. Nearly one-quarter (23%) of Americans recently reported that they had plans to participate in “Dry January,” where people abstain from drinking alcohol for the month of January, generally in an effort to improve health.

When asked about Dry January in late December, 21% of Americans said that they think it’s a good idea and they plan to participate in it. An equal number (21%) said they think Dry January is a good idea, but they won’t be participating.

People who live in the northeast (25%) are more likely than those in the west (23%), midwest (20%), and south (18%) to say they believe it's a good idea and they plan to participate. Southerners were particularly likely (25%) to say that it's a good idea, but they don't plan to participate. Midwesterners were the most likely (16%) to say that they didn't think it was a good idea and they wouldn't be participating, though 12% of westerners, and 9% of residents in both the south and the northeast agreed. 

Overall, people who live in the West are most likely (29%) to be participating: 23% say it's a good idea and they'll be participating, while another 6% say it's not a good idea but they'll be participating regardless. 

Some of the suggested benefits of Dry January can include increased energy, better sleep, better immune function, and weight loss.

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