Czechia gears up to get sober: 1 million expected to take Dry February challenge

The Dry February campaign, running in its 12th year, offers various fitness-related benefits for joining its month-long campaign to stop drinking.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 16.01.2024 10:18:00 (updated on 16.01.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

About 1 million people in the Czech Republic are getting ready to participate in the annual Dry February campaign, which aims to promote a healthier lifestyle by abstaining from alcohol for a month. The campaign organizers, with cooperation from the Ministry of Health, announced their plans at a press conference Monday.

According to Health Minister Vlastimil Válek, the main goal of Dry February is to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol and its impact on the human body. "Alcohol is a dangerous addictive substance that can lead to a variety of diseases, including cancer," Válek stated. "By reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption, individuals can significantly improve their overall health," the health minister added.

Benefits of sobering up

One of the organizers, Josef Petr, added that the campaign has had a positive impact in the past, with over half of participants reporting that they continue to drink less even after the month-long challenge ends. Last year, an estimated 900,000 people participated in Dry February, and organizers hope to reach even more individuals this year.

Organizers are offering various incentives to encourage participation. Benefits include online exercise programs, a monthly membership to a weight loss application, and free rides on shared bikes for those who support the campaign financially. 

Dry February offers a 29-day calendar of free teas upon registration, which costs CZK 490 and offers several benefits including exercises with fitness influencers. Alternatively, people can sign up for the dry online backpack (for CZK 290), which includes a smaller range of benefits.

BOOZY CZECHIA

  • Almost 10 percent of the adult population drinks alcohol daily
  • The average Czech consumes around 271 pints of beer per year
  • Up to 7,000 deaths are linked to alcohol in the Czech Republic every year
  • Long-term alcohol consumption equates to 10 liters of pure alcohol per person each year
  • The average Czech drank almost 20 liters of wine in the whole of 2022

Czechs are big drinkers

According to data from the Czech Statistical Office, the average Czech citizen consumed 7.1 liters of vodka and 20.8 liters of wine in 2021 Beer consumption – famously the highest in the world per capita – however, saw a slight recent decrease with the average citizen consuming 135.4 liters in 2021. The Ministry of Health estimates that 1.5 million people in the Czech Republic engage in risky alcohol consumption.

The consequences of excessive alcohol consumption are not only detrimental to individual health but also to society and the economy. According to the Ministry of Health, the total cost of these consequences amounts to CZK 56 billion per year.

Will you take the Dry February challenge?

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I don't drink 26 %
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