Find Out The Benefits Of Attempting Dry January

Giving up alcohol in January has been a trend for as long as we could legally drink. And if you’ve never attempted Dry January yourself, it’s highly likely you’ve had pub invites turned down by pals at the start of the year because they’re off the booze.

Find Out The Benefits Of Attempting Dry January
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While we all know there are many health benefits of giving up ye olde sauce – not to mention being able to bask in the absolute smugness of knowing you’ve saved money and your liver – it turns out there’s also a surprising longer-term benefit.

Find Out The Benefits Of Attempting Dry January

Scientists at the University of Sussex published a report on their most recent findings, after asking 800 participants to go dry in January 2018. Obviously the report found participants benefited from weight loss, better skin and more energy, but there was also an unexpected benefit.

Find Out The Benefits Of Attempting Dry January

Yep, those who took part in Dry January were also all drinking significantly less eight months later, in August. And this wasn’t just a trend among those who completed Dry January, even those who attempted it saw this benefit.

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While the average drinking days per week was originally 4.3, it fell to 3.3 by the time the research concluded. This meant people were drinking on one less day per week on average than before they did Dry Jan.

The number of units they consumed each day they drank also fell, and the frequency of being drunk dropped from 3.4 to 2.1 times per month.

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“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,” said Dr Richard de Visser, Reader in Psychology at the University of Sussex.

“Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month – although they are a bit smaller. This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.”

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So whether you make it through the money without a drop to drink, even making an effort to stop could have some really positive life effects.

 

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