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Dropping Dry Jan?

Dropping Dry Jan? Half of American drinkers will forgo Dry January in 2021, reveals survey

• Due to spending less time with friends this year, over a quarter of Americans are less likely to give up alcohol in the new year.
• More than a quarter of those intending on quitting drinking in the new year say this is due to finances.
• Infographic included.

As we approach the end of what has seemed like a never-ending 2020, we’ll soon be able to say a final ‘cheers’ to the longest year of our lives – including a global pandemic; an economy in tatters and widespread loneliness enforced through social distancing. For many Americans, January usually represents a month of sobriety – a new beginning and an opportunity to reset. This is following the previous indulgences of the past year, including drinking over summer vacations, after work and during the holidays, which have taken their toll on our bodies. However, in a year like no other, in which we have been denied so many social occasions (which often involve drinking), do we have the will and goal-orientated mindset to embark on a booze-free break in the upcoming month of January?, a leading addiction treatment resource, conducted a survey of 3,000 drinkers which revealed that, of those who usually mark the start of the year with a Dry January, 49% say this will not be the case in 2021 and that they will forego this month of sobriety.

Broken down across the country, New Hampshire emerged as those most averse to a drink-free start of the year – 79% of people here say they will skip Dry January in the new year. Whereas Hawaii residents, perhaps more mindful of the harmful effects of alcohol, are more determined to attempt a healthier start to 2021 with just 23% saying they will skip the month of sobriety.

View these results across the US in the following infographic:

Half of American drinkers will forgo Dry January in 2021, reveals survey

Based on a survey of 3,000 respondents. National Rehabs Directory — by American Addiction Centers

Percentage of American drinkers who will forgo Dry January


For those planning on quitting drinking altogether in the new year as a personal resolution, 27% admit that it would not be for health reasons, but instead to reduce costs, given that so many people’s finances have been negatively affected by the economic effects of the coronavirus.

For those still determined to push on with a booze-free break this January, one in five (19%) say they are more likely to go the distance if they have a partner who is also attempting it. Broken down, women (24%) are more likely to join their partner in this period of alcohol abstinence as compared to men (14%).

Finally, the survey found that half of respondents admit they will not attempt any New Year’s resolutions this year!

“The start of a new year is always a great time for self reflection,” said Brittney Morse, a spokesperson for and a licensed advanced alcohol and drug counselor. “We know that during the pandemic many people turned to alcohol to cope. If someone finds that they now have trouble stopping or feel overwhelmed with the thought of Dry January, this may be a sign that their alcohol use is no longer within their control. I would encourage these individuals to seek professional help, as the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol use can be life-threatening.”