You might think that giving up booze for a month sounds like a drastic change to make.
After all, wasn’t it alcohol that made the Christmas and New Year period so much bloody fun?
But anyone who is cutting out the wine, gin, beers and more this month could be in for amazing health benefits – and there’s every chance those who are put off the challenge will actually change their minds once they read on…
What is Dry January?
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Simply put, it’s a month without alcohol.
Simple – or is it?
Well, put it this way – Kevin Moore, consultant in liver health services at UCLMS says: “What you have is a pretty average group
of British people who would not consider
themselves heavy drinkers, yet stopping
drinking for a month alters liver fat,
cholesterol and blood sugar, and helps
them lose weight.
“If someone had a health product that did
all that in one month, they would be
raking it in.”
That’s quite a recommendation.
So what do you do?
Besides stopping drinking?
Well, these are some NHS tips.
Sign up online at www.dryjanuary.org.uk
Receive weekly email with tips and support
Get sponsored or hold fundraising events as
Have a conversation with someone about it
Find a community of support on Facebook and
receive info in online advice sessions
So why do it?
There are loads of reasons for taking part in Dry January, say organisers Alcohol Concern. Here are just a few:
- Reset your relationship with alcohol – realise you don’t need it
- New year, new you – do Dry January and feel healthier and happier as:
- you sleep better
- your skin improves
- you lose weight
- More money in your pocket (the average person spends £50,000 on booze in their lifetime)
- Get healthier – through giving up alcohol for a month you do your insides a lot of good.
- Amazing sense of achievement
If we could come up with a new health supplement or discovered a superfood that had all those benefits, we’d be millionaires. But instead we aim to offer the help, advice and encouragement to let you get these benefits yourself, all for free.
Where’s the science?
So it’s not all hearsay – there are facts to back this up. A study last year showed those who successful completed Dry January were more health-minded about alcohol after the month was up.
Successful completion was also associated with reductions in the number of drinking days a week and the number of drinks, and how often they were drunk at six months.
Fancy taking the challenge?