TRY DRY: The Dry January app 17+

Track your drinking year-round

Alcohol Research UK

Designed for iPad

    • 3.7 • 665 Ratings
    • Free



Try Dry® the life-changing, science-based, totally free app (no ads!) for taking control of your drinking, created for and paid for by the charity Alcohol Change UK.

Try Dry® is the powerful, easy-to-use, and totally free premium app helping tens of thousands of people to take control of their drinking. Try Dry® is the official app of Dry January®, which was created and is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK.

Co-created with drinkers and based on behavioural science and a spirit of experimenting (hence the name), Try Dry® contains unique features such as 'planned drinking', custom goals, and special missions. Unlike 'sobriety-only apps', it works brilliantly whether you want to cut back or try being sober.

Whether you’re taking on Dry January®, doing Sober Spring, trying a sober October, making a longer-term change to your drinking, or just cutting back, Try Dry® is your trusted year-round support system.

Why should I download Try Dry®?
• Track your units, calories and money saved
• Set goals that work for you
• Loads of great badges to achieve with in-app celebrations
• Access our exclusive free coaching email programme
• See your progress using the charts
• Daily motivation - receive a reminder every day, at a time that suits you
• Use the drinking risk quiz to see how you are doing
• Led by science, developed for you. Try Dry combines behavioural science with a highly responsive approach to feedback from users.
• Totally free. No upfront costs. No hidden costs. No ads. Entirely funded by the charity Alcohol Change UK.

Why cut down your drinking?
• Better sleep. More energy. Glowing skin (yes, really).
• More money in your pocket (the average UK adult spends £50,000 on booze in their lifetime!)
• Get healthier - cutting back on the booze lowers your risks of over 60 serious medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, and 7 cancers
• Take control – if alcohol has become a habit, break free and take full control
• Be more present, enjoy life more, and really be there for your family and friends.

What’s New

Version 1.6.9 (4133)

Bug fix for custom goal with US definition of units

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
665 Ratings

665 Ratings

CanalGudgeon ,

Nice app - shame about the maths

I’ve very much enjoyed using the app and it’s certainly helping me change my boozing habits.

Just one or two issues. After 20 alcohol free days it was showing my cash saving as around £180+ which got me quite excited! That is until I realised this was obviously based on pub prices and I only ever drink at home. Undaunted I went to settings and overrode the weekly figure to a more realistic £30. Unfortunately however this resulted in a total saved as £55 when it should have been approaching £90. A bit more tinkering revealed that the calculations were literally all over the place. Someone needs to look at this, it’s spoiling an otherwise great app.

Update: Won’t load at all today. Stuck on the splash screen.

Developer Response ,

Hi there

Please could you email Rowan at so I can look into the calculations for you.

I am very sorry to hear you having trouble with login.

If you can remember your password can I suggest you try the following:

1. Uninstall and reinstall just to check you have the latest version.

2. Please check you have background data refresh turned on in your phone's settings for the app.

3. Try login

If this doesn't work. Please could you let us know by emailing me

Kind regards

Redliner73 ,

A huge help!

I’m surprised at the reasonably low rating for this app. Almost a year on since dry January 2020 and I still use it daily. I managed 3 months fully dry in a row and have since managed to reduce my drinking to a completely healthy level. 12 months on, my drinking habits are completely changed. I now don’t drink at all during the week and drink less at the weekend than I ever used to.I now enjoy and look forward to a drink rather than it being a necessity. Without this app I would never be on this position. Will power required of course but a fantastic assistant along the way.

Suggestions for app improvement: If you guys can fix the login out issue that occurs regularly that would be great and also when you add drinks on planned drinking days it would be nice to select 1, 2 or 3 identical drinks at the same time (a quantity select) instead of having to enter every drink individually. As this takes too long in my opinion.

Looking forward to dry Jan 2021!

Fireflid ,

Very happy

This app has worked well for me, it seems very intuitive and simple to use with occasional, well timed and informative updates. Personally I haven’t experienced any bugs or issues.
If you do have a drink you can list exactly what you had, which makes me feel better looking back to see even if I did have a drink (on one occasion may I add!) it was only 2 glasses of wine (which is still something to be proud of!) rather than a ‘X FAIL’ feeling!
This and reading the book ‘Easy way to control Alcohol’ combined have made what I thought would be very difficult a walk in the park! I see you can set further challenges such as ‘sober spring’ and I intend to continue using this app after Jan to monitor and log my long term reduction in drinking. It’s brill! Don’t wait til next year start it NOW!

App Privacy

The developer, Alcohol Research UK, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Sensitive Info
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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