A “Dry” January Can Help
If you’re like most people, the last few weeks have been an indulgence of holiday food and drink.
However, if you’ve officially had too much, a Dry January might be just the ticket, and a new study shows it has more benefits than simply getting an overdue “Thank you” from your overtaxed liver.
According to researchers from the University of Sussex, abstaining for a month can help you drop weight, sleep better, and save money -- and it can stop you from drinking too much in the long run.
The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August, people are reporting one extra dry day per week.
There are also considerable immediate benefits: Nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Richard de Visser, in a media release.
He surveyed more than 2,500 people who stayed dry last January, and they noted the following benefits:
93% reported a sense of achievement
88% saved money
82% more seriously considered their relationship with alcohol
80% feel more in control of their drinking
71% realized they don’t need booze to enjoy themselves
70% generally improved health
71% slept better
67% had more energy
58% lost weight
57% improved levels of concentration
54% reported better skin