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Dry January: What a Month Without Booze Can Do for You

The first day of January is not only the start of a new year, it symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start for many people. And while dropping a couple of pounds is a popular New Year resolution for some, January first is now marking day one of the latest trending resolution; cutting down on alcohol, also known as "Dry January."

What is Dry January?

If you haven't heard of it, Dry January is when you go without drinking alcohol for the whole month of January. The one-month long campaign started by an organization in the United Kingdom called Alcohol Concern. In its fight to reduce the harm that comes from alcohol consumption, this organization started Dry January as a challenge for people to re-evaluate their relationship with alcohol and show them how they might benefit from going without alcohol.

How can alcohol negatively impact me?

Alcohol can do more than just damage your liver and give you a raging hangover. Alcohol consumption, especially excessive alcohol consumption, can cause damage to almost every part of the body. Liver damage, heart disease, infertility, and depression are just some of many affects that alcohol can have on you.

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So how can a month without alcohol be good for me?

The effects of consuming alcohol are cumulative, so the more you drink the worse the outcomes can to be. Removing alcohol, even temporarily, can yield great benefits for your overall wellbeing. Here are a few benefits you may notice after a month without alcohol:

  • Better liver health. Avoiding the consumption of alcohol, even for a short period of time, can do good things for your liver. It gives it time to regenerate and function properly.
  • Better sleep. A study reported in the journal Alcoholism; Clinical and Experimental Research, that alcohol can disrupt the phase of sleep that is most restorative.
  • Strengthen your immune system. Alcohol interferes with your body’s ability to produce cytokines, a chemical that helps fight off infections.
  • Lose weight. Alcohol is filled with calories. Research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that people who binged on alcohol at least once a month over the time span of a year were 41% more likely to become overweight after 5 years.
  • Better skin. Alcohol dehydrates the body which can cause skin damage. Avoiding alcohol, even for a month, can make your skin appear healthier.
  • Save money. It is no surprise that alcohol can be costly so cutting it out of your life for a month can save you some serious cash.
  • Feel better about yourself. Health is wealth, and when you feel good about yourself physically, it can help you feel better mentally and emotionally as well.

 

Drinking alcohol can take a bigger toll on your body and mind than you know so removing it from your everyday life (or moderating your intake) can make major changes to your overall health. Take the challenge and go without alcohol for the month of January and you will see just how much of a difference one month without alcohol can do for you!

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