Ditch drinking to feel better for the rest of the year and beyond.
Studies have shown that no amount of alcohol is good for you, so if you’ve been thinking of quitting or cutting back on drinking, there’s no better time than now. Join the global movement known as Dry January, where you cut out booze for the whole month, and you could experience a whole host of benefits that last throughout the year.
You’ll drink less through the year
A recent study by the University of Sussex in the UK found that people who took part in Dry January were drinking less even in August. The amount of booze consumed went down, as did the number of drinking days, which fell from 4.3 days per week to 3.3 days per week. The participants were also drunk on fewer days of the month, and even those who didn’t stay completely drink-free in January noticed positive effects on a smaller scale.
You’ll save money
Alcohol is pricey, and there are definitely a multitude of things you could spend your money on which would be better for you. Why not cut back on alcohol and treat yourself to nice meals or a holiday instead?
You’ll reduce your risk of serious illnesses
Alcohol has been linked to different ailments including various types of cancer such as mouth, breast and bowel cancer, liver and heart problems as well as mental illnesses. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
You’ll help your mental health
After 31 days of not drinking, most people realise they don’t need a drink to relax and enjoy themselves. Besides feeling more in control of their drinking habits and feeling a sense of achievement, those who abstained from booze tended to reflect more deeply about their relationship with drinking and their triggers. They benefited from having better concentration as well.
(Also read: 8 Effective Ways to De-Stress and Get a Mental Reset)
Your physical health improves
According to the University of Sussex research, those who took part in Dry January reported that they slept better, felt healthier, had better skin and more energy. In another study by Oregon State University in the US, cutting back on alcohol was also found to help smokers quit their nicotine habit.
(Also read: 6 Habits To Adopt To Be Happier in 2019)
You’ll lose weight
Most people drink without thinking about how many calories their cocktail contains, but because alcohol is derived from sugar and starches, it can be rather high in calories. If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a trim figure, you might want to cut out the booze.
(Also read: Will Alcohol Make You Fat?)