According to the British Liver Trust, an estimated 4.2 million Brits will give up alcohol for Dry January 2019. That’s the equivalent of about one in 10 people who drink, testimony to just how popular the New Year phenomenon has become.
Run by the charity Alcohol Change UK, Dry January provides the perfect opportunity for many drinkers to feel healthier, save some money and improve their long-term relationships with alcohol.
Taking part is easy. All you have to do is refrain from drinking alcohol throughout the month. If you’re participating already, well done! If you’re not, it’s not too late to start.
The good news is that binning the booze for at least a month affords a number of benefits, the really simple and tangible ones we’ve outlined below.
1. Save Money
First and foremost, by not drinking alcohol for a whole month, you will inevitably save money. When you consider that the average price for a pint of beer in London is £5.19, you could stand to save around £26 a week if you go from drinking five beers to zero. That equates to over £1,300 a year!
2. Lose Weight
If losing weight is one of your New Year’s resolutions, Dry January could be your new best friend. That’s because not only does alcohol contain a fair few calories itself, it also leads to bad food choice decisions. For example, there’s a strong chance that after you’ve been out drinking for a couple hours you’ll head to the nearest takeaway in search of something to soak up all the alcohol you’ve consumed, making a night out drinking a double whammy when it comes to increasing your waistline.
3. Improve General Health
Drinking alcohol is associated with increased blood pressure. Furthermore, excessive drinking can lead to high cholesterol and even cancer. Then there are the accidents and mishaps that occur when you are under the influence of alcohol, which may be minor (if you’re lucky) or more serious.
The bottom line is that a month without alcohol can benefit your general health and leave you feeling energised, refreshed and ready for everything that January and February throws at you.
4. Sleep Better
Alcohol is not your best friend if you want to get a good night’s sleep. While it has the ability to knock you out early, there’s an increased chance you’ll wake during the early hours and find it hard to get back to sleep. There is plenty of research to suggest this kind of disrupted sleep pattern is associated with drinking alcohol, which definitely doesn’t leave you feeling recharged and well-rested.
5. See How Your Body Feels Without Alcohol
If you haven’t experienced any periods without alcohol for a long time, you may be surprised at just how good you feel when you refrain from drinking for a month. Maybe you’ve been feeling a little under the weather or lethargic after a heavy Christmas and New Year, but haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly why.
By giving up alcohol for a month, you may find that you feel refreshed (both mentally and physically) and that your systems feel back on track.
6. Improve Your Relationship With Alcohol
If you can go for at least one month without alcohol, you’ll prove to yourself (and others) that it’s not something you need in your daily life. If you feel better, healthier, wealthier, more productive as a result, ask yourself whether you need to go back to how you were before, or if your relationship with alcohol can change positively going forward.
Are you ready to accept the Dry January challenge? Check out our recent post on 5 Tips To Help You Get Through Dry January for some additional pointers.
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