Sounds familiar? It’s certainly the stark message issued by Cancer Research UK today ahead of its latest Dryathlon – which encourages people to kick the booze during January to raise cash to help beat cancer sooner.
So if you’ve ever felt that New Year’s Eve is, well, just one party too many at the end of the hectic festive season, it would seem you’re not alone.
A Dryathlon survey asked 2000 British adults about their New Year’s Eve plans, and found that the majority would secretly rather stay at home! Only one in 10 would ideally prefer to go to a pub, club or bar; more than a quarter (28 per cent) would like to mark the start of 2015 at home, and a further 14 per cent would rather go to a house party – a good way of avoiding club queues, inflated drink prices and punch-ups.
But not many young people who’d like to stay in actually get to do so. The survey found that a staggering 52 per cent of 18-34-year-olds who usually go out to celebrate New Year’s Eve felt pressured into doing so. Nearly four in 10 of them (38 per cent) admitted the night usually ended up being a disappointment.
Social media is also adding to the hype, with one in six of those 18-34-year-olds saying they felt compelled to go out to look sociable among their peers. So much for all those cheesy grins on Facebook.
A third of 18-34-year-olds who celebrate New Year’s Eve admitted they felt forced into going out because their friends did, and one in 10 said they wouldn’t want to admit to staying in.
But it’s not just the young who feel let down – across all age groups around four in 10 women (39 per cent) felt New Year’s Eve failed to live up to expectations.
“New Year’s Eve is often billed as the biggest night of the year but it appears most would stay in given the choice,” said Anthony Newman, director of marketing at Cancer Research UK.
“However we choose to celebrate there might be some sore heads on January 1! A New Year can be a great time to start afresh and kick-start a healthy regime after the indulgences of the festive period. This January we are asking people to bin the booze by taking part in Dryathlon and raise money to help beat cancer sooner.”
The 2014 Dryathlon campaign saw an incredible 55,000 people raise more than £5.8m by going dry in January. Register at dryathlon.org if you’d like to climb on board the wagon this time round!
And whatever you end up doing this evening – a very Happy New Year to you from all of us here at TNT!