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Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions already?
Well, whether or not you’ve already set your goals for 2019, there’s one you might want to add and it’s an easy one since you only need to do it for one month to get big results.
In fact, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Sussex, it can help you sleep better, feel more energetic and even lose weight along with a number of other big benefits…
Take a month off
The research was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018.
That’s where you take the entire month of January off from alcohol.
And, guess what…
The results show that Dry January participants were still drinking less in August. In fact, they reported that:
- Their drinking days fell on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week
- And, the units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1
So, what did this decrease in alcohol all year do for them?
Dr. Richard de Visser, who led the study said, “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.”
Here’s a breakdown of the rest of the benefits:
- 93% of participants had a sense of achievement
- 88% saved money
- 71% realized they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves
- 70% had generally improved health
- 71% slept better
- 67% had more energy
- 58% lost weight
- 57% had better concentration
- 54% had better skin
If that’s not a reason to take a break from drinking for a month, I don’t know what is!
Participating in Dry January
What’s interesting is that even if you don’t make it to the end of the month, you can experience real benefits. According to the study, even participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free the whole month experienced beneficial changes — although a bit smaller.
And, you could make a lasting change that will improve your health and life…
As Dr. Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Change UK, said, “Put simply, Dry January can change lives. We hear every day from people who took charge of their drinking using Dry January, and who feel healthier and happier as a result.
“The brilliant thing about Dry January is that it’s not really about January. Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialize. That means that for the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about our drinking, and to avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to.”
To participate, you can do it yourself or download Try Dry: The Dry January App to keep track of how much alcohol you consume, the money and calories you save and more. Or you can sign up at dryjanuary.org.uk to get regular email support along with tips and tricks to make reaching your goal easier.
So, make a resolution now to have a dry January… or February if you have a late start. You could feel more energetic, lose weight, sleep better and feel better year-round — especially if you make a long-term change to drink much less if any alcohol.
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- How ‘Dry January’ is the secret to better sleep, saving money and losing weight — University of Sussex