The focus of Dry January is to support and encourage people to totally abstain from drinking alcohol for that whole month.

The purpose

The focus then of Feel Good February is to support and encourage people who have participated in Dry January to maintain some of the good habits or alternatives that they have put in place (e.g. continuing not to drink alcohol with meals, continuing with a leisure interest or hobby that they may have started in January as an alternative to habits or social activities they used to do which involved alcohol) through February and beyond.


In support of this initiative each Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (DACT) Connections Service organises and/or assists community groups and other stakeholders to organise and deliver, a wide range of events and activities in their local communities providing alcohol related information, advice and/or support as well as providing or promoting alcohol-free leisure and social alternatives. 

In the past events have included alcohol free comedy nights, information stands in venues such as hospitals and shopping centres, free exercise classes, mocktail making/tasting, alcohol-free events in bars focussing on men’s health …

And we are always looking for even more creative ways of engaging people, so if you have an idea for something which could take place during Dry January/Feel Good February get in touch with your local DACT Connections team – details on our ‘Contact us’ page.

Cut down on alcohol with our mocktail recipes

Stay sociable and discover some of our fruit based mocktails to ditch the alcohol and swap it up. Here are some of our favourite recipes.

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Please visit this section again Dec/Jan time to find out what events are running in your area and how you can get involved.

Talk to someone, you are not alone.

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