In England, a massive 5 million people take part in Dry January. It’s where people give up drink for the month of January and give the money they save to charity.
We’ve written previously about the calories in alcohol. If you give up alcohol and don’t eat more food you will lose weight.
When we drink we have more cravings – those late night takeaways seem irresistible. Not drinking means less crisps in the pub, less takeaways and an opportunity to understand what foods we really like.
Alcohol disrupts your sleep as we describe here. No alcohol means better sleep.
4.You’ll save money
Dry January means you’re not spending money on drink. You don’t have to donate the money you save to charity, you could spend it on a nice treat for yourself.
5.Your mood will improve
Alcohol acts as a depressant for many people. If this is you, then giving up alcohol will help you feel happier.
6.Many health problems will improve
Researchers found that people giving up the drink for dry January had lower blood pressure and cholesterol. But very often over worked doctors don’t have time to give advice on drinking.
Lucy wrote how health care professionals ignored the impact of alcohol on her health.
My own experience was doctors did n’t tell me how medication use can be impacted by alcohol.
So if you have existing health problems, you may be surprised how they improve by giving up alcohol for a month.
7.Pressing the pause button can help
Dry January, allows us to take a break and actually see what life is like without alcohol. We can see whether life is better without alcohol. Alternatively we may begin to realise that alcohol is a big part of our life and maybe we have a problem with alcohol. Either way doing Dry January can help us gain greater understanding of our drinking.
Planning how you manage dry January is vital
Planning Dry January is essential. Here are some tips that can help.
Also make sure you don’t have a physical dependence on alcohol. You can find out more about physical dependence here
Padraig O Moran also has some good tips. He describes how social events can be a real challenge, when we’re not drinking. One of his good tips is if you‘re dreading an event because you won’t be drinking then remember
“If it’s no good without alcohol, then it’s no good”
So it’s not too late to try Dry January. You can download the free dry January app here.