So, Christmas and New Year’s are over. It’s back to work, and for most of us, this will mean the end of a period of overindulgence. Food and alcohol will have played a huge part in our festive breaks and many will be finding their clothes a little tighter in the new year. Don’t worry, it’s happening to us all – you are not alone.

The concept of Dry January is simple: Don’t consume alcohol for the whole month!

For those who may have overdone it this festive period, this may well be a welcome initiative you’ll want to embrace. For those who think the idea is horrific, you clearly didn’t indulge enough over the holidays.

A recent study has some interesting findings with regards to Dry January. Researchers asked 249 British men and 608 women to stay sober for a total of 31 days. Please note that I find it amusing that only 64% successfully made it through the 31 days. However, it was found in a follow-up survey that those who did manage:

  • Became less often inclined to drink
  • Got drunk less often
  • Had fewer drinks in one sitting
  • Had an overall lower consumption of alcohol

The report concluded that “the findings suggest that participation in abstinence challenges such as Dry January may be associated with changes toward healthier drinking and greater DRSE, and is unlikely to result in undesirable rebound effects. Very few people reported increased alcohol consumption following a period of voluntary abstinence.”

As well as improving bad drinking habits, other past studies have shown that taking a month off alcohol provides better liver function, lowers blood pressure and even reduces the risk of liver disease and diabetes.

So if you needed convincing to give it a go, we’re only a few weeks in – you can still start now!


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