Every year, millions of people around the world temporarily abstain from alcohol for a month in observance of Dry January. Because most people tend to overindulge during the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, voluntarily giving up drinking for Dry January is the perfect opportunity to get things back to normal.
Best of all, recent research has shown that there are a number of benefits, both immediate and long-term, that can be realized when you give up booze for a month. For example:
- Weight loss of around four-and-a-half pounds
- 5% decrease in blood pressure
- 30% reduction in the risk of diabetes
- Better sleep quality
- Significant monetary savings
- Large decreases in the blood growth factors that have been linked to certain cancers
- Reduction in excessive alcohol consumption
That’s right — observing Dry January now can promote positive changes later. Dr. Shameer Mehta, with the University College London Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, says, “At six to eight months after Dry January, the proportion of participants drinking at harmful levels decreased by 50%. It may be that participating in Dry January allows individuals to ‘reset’ their relationship with alcohol.”
When Dry January is Too Hard
For most people, Dry January is another resolution that has become trendier within the past few years, reflecting a larger shift in the public’s attitude about drinking, For example, in 2019, 47% of Americans made an effort to cut back, and among the millennial generation, that figure jumped to 66%.
But for some, voluntarily abstaining from alcohol — or even just choosing to drink less — is just too difficult a challenge. And that may be a warning sign of a much more serious problem, such as alcohol dependence or alcoholism, now known as Alcohol Use Disorder.
Ian Hamillton a lecturer on addiction at the University of York, says, “Overall, Dry January is a good initiative as it prompts people to think about not just how much they drink but what their individual relationship with alcohol is.”
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