Dry January refers to the hugely popular commitment of going completely ‘dry’ and eliminating alcohol for the entire month of January. This trend has really taken off in recent years and it’s clear to see why it is so popular, due to the countless benefits of taking part!
The Dry January campaign is pioneered by Alcohol Change UK, who offer plenty of resources. support and information on their official website.
Not only does cutting out booze for 31 days have a positive impact on your bank balance, but there are so many health benefits reported from those who take part.
Short Term Benefits
A study conducted in 2018 found that abstaining from alcohol for just one month has multiple health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of developing diabetes. This short-term break also lowers cholesterol and reduces levels of cancer-related proteins within the blood. It also improves insulin resistance and reduces the risk of fatty liver disease!
Longer Term Benefits
As well as short term benefits of Dry January, there are many long term benefits - mainly due to how many participants continue their new habits long-term. One study found that 6 months after completely Dry January, 70% of participants displayed healthier drinking habits and reported improved wellbeing.
Other long-term benefits include:
Taking part in Dry January is a great way to improve your health, assess your drinking habits and achieve some long-term benefits. Incorporating Dry January into a healthy lifestyle means that you can completely elevate your health and well being!
Alcohol Change UK also has a free Try Dry app to help you navigate and complete your challenge - head to their website now to find out more.
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