The dry month is coming to an end. And now?

The end of your break period is getting closer and closer. Now you enjoy full support every day, because more than 6000 others fit with you. But what do you do after March 28? Toast to the happy ending with a cold glass of beer or another thirst quencher? Are you going to cut back, stop or take a break more often?

IkPas 2021 is popular in the Netherlands. More than 42,000 people participated in Dry January, the 40 days no drop challenge or planned their 'own challenge'. “But”, says IkPas campaign manager Martijn Planken, “for everyone who signs up, three or four don't”. So count out your winnings to 'participants'.


Much has been written in recent weeks about the benefits of an alcohol break. For example, the liver, heart, brain and pancreas benefit from an alcohol-free month. You also sleep more deeply, you feel fitter (physically and mentally), you have more money and time left and you get a more beautiful skin, for example. Not to mention the good example you give to your (grand) children, your cholesterol level improves and the pounds less. In short: your dry trip will bring you a lot.

Drinking behavior after IkPas

Studies conducted among IkPas participants from previous years and conducted by IkPas researcher and alcohol researcher Rob Bovens, show that you drink 30 to 40 percent fewer glasses of alcohol up to six months after your break period. That makes a big difference!

Continue after a mistake

Denying yourself something that you normally enjoy is hard. And sometimes you can hardly resist the urge. And you may even have been drinking alcohol during one of your most difficult moments. Earlier we told you that your break period has not flopped. You pick yourself up again and you continue with a break celebrating!

An alcohol break does make sense

Whether or not you have smuggled once during your IkPas period; an alcohol break does stimulate the development of your new good habits. Martijn: “If you have had positive experiences this month, for example if you had a sober fun Saturday evening, then it is easier to do it again afterwards.” Every positive experience gives you strength and more insight into your own drinking behaviour.

Fit when it suits you

If you have gotten hold of the (dry) taste; then take an extra break. You do this by participating in one of the following planned alcohol breaks† Take a break just before the summer holidays or stand dry for a month during the fall. But nothing is necessary. You pause because you want to. Because it makes you feel good. Because it's getting easier? At IkPas you can buy a . at any time of the year own challenge create. Maybe you want to try on just after Easter? Or rather for the summer holidays? September? Or just before Christmas? If desired, you will receive three newsletters per week for support.

Do you have the After-Me-Pass-Page already checked?

In 4 steps you can start planning the rest of the year better.

1.    Inventory of your personal experiences with IkPas.

2.    Take note of the guideline formulated by the Health Council on the use of alcohol.

3.    Make a plan for the coming months.

4.    Choose a tool.





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