Dry January: What is it and what are the benefits?

Dry January began in 2012, as part of an initiative launched by Alcohol Change UK. The Dry January challenge is very popular around the world, and with good reason. It is good for your liver to drink less alcohol. You’ll have better memory and won’t suffer from those annoying hangovers.

Benefits to Dry January

Even if you give up alcohol for just a month, it can help improve your health. In a study published in BMJ Open, heavy drinkers who gave up alcohol for 30 days reported better sleep, more energy, and weight loss. They also reduced the amount of cancer-causing proteins, cholesterol, blood pressure and their overall health.

A study from 2018 showed that participants in Dry January had lower blood pressure and insulin resistance. They also lost weight, and their blood contained less growth factors which can lead to cancer.

Researchers found that, although the effects of temporary sobriety are difficult to differentiate from other self-improvements, like healthier eating or more exercise, they were able to account for them in their analysis. Researchers found that participants continued to reduce their alcohol consumption for six months following the dry month. Participants also reported that they improved in terms of sleep and attention.

How To Have A Successful Dry January

Get a New Favorite Drink

Try switching to nonalcoholic drinks like sparkling water or soda if you are having difficulty cutting down on alcohol. Many people also drink alcohol out of habit or routine. Substituting may help them get away from alcohol.

Use the app

You can download the Try Dry app from the Alcohol Change UK site. You can use this free software to track how much alcohol you drink, set individual goals, and be inspired by the savings you will make by reducing your drinking. This software is designed to help you cut back on alcohol or stop drinking altogether.

Avoid Temptations

Never bring alcohol into your house. Instead, carry nonalcoholic drinks with you when you’re invited to a friend’s or family member’s home.

Create a Support Group

Ask your family and friends to help you hold yourself accountable. Ask someone to join you in this challenge.

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