“… I did ‘sober January’ and I just decided to keep going.”
~Actress Rumer Willis
The New Year is a time when many people work on self-improvement – weight loss, saving money, exercising more, etc. But for people who are potentially struggling with problematic drinking, there is another observance that can be life-changing –“Dry January”.
What Is Dry January?
Dry January is a yearly month-long observance where participants voluntarily abstain from drinking alcohol during the month of January.
Although it is primarily observed in the United Kingdom, the campaign has been so successful that now, millions of people around the world stop drinking for the entire month.
Why Participate in Dry January?
The first goal of Dry January is for OURSELVES – it gives us an opportunity to Step back and reevaluate our personal relationship with alcohol and make adjustments as necessary. It’s important to understand that we don’t NEED alcohol to live our lives to the fullest.
But the second goal of Dry January is for EVERYONE, because it raises awareness about an issue that for far too many people is a disease that destroys lives.
The Benefits of Dry January
There are some happy and practical benefits to participating. According to the Alcohol Concern:
- 79% of people participating Dry January save money. Did you know the average person spends almost $70,000 on alcohol in their lifetime?
- 62% report having more energy and enjoying better sleep. Dr. Pradeep Sahota, M.D., Chair of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology, says, “Based on our results, it’s clear that alcohol should not be used as a sleep aid. Alcohol disrupts sleep, and the quality of sleep is diminished.”
- 49% say they lost weight. Alcohol is high in calories but low in nutritional value.
What Dry Means to YOU
If you find it hard to temporarily and voluntarily give up drinking for such a short time, you may have a problem that needs addressing. To have your questions and concerns answered, contact Lasting Recovery outpatient alcohol rehab in San Diego TODAY.
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