If you’re taking part in Dry January and are starting to feel the struggle, below are just a few of the reasons why starting the year alcohol-free is so good for you.
Research carried out by MacMillan Cancer Support shows that the average Brit spends approximately £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime. This works out at about £787 a year which is the equivalent of an extra holiday. If you need some motivation then remember that the longer you stay teetotal, the more money you’re saving.
Alcohol is extremely high in calories and sugar and sadly this means that it’s very bad for our waistlines. If you want to lose weight or be healthier in the New Year, cutting alcohol out of your diet is a great way to do this. We’re also much more likely to make bad eating decisions after a few drinks so being teetotal not only eliminates the calories in alcohol but also those in the bad foods we’re likely to eat at the end of the night or the next day.
Improves sleep quality
Ever wondered why no matter how much of a lie-in you have after a night of drinking you still feel tired? This is because alcohol disrupts our sleep patterns and interferes with the all-important REM sleep. When we don’t fall into the proper sleep cycle we wake up feeling exhausted and lacking energy.
What better reason to give up alcohol than to enjoy being hangover-free for a whole month? Not having a hangover means that we’re much more likely to get out and about and eat healthier foods.
Many studies have proven that alcohol has a very bad impact on our appearance. It leaves the body dehydrated which means that we’re left looking bloated, red and dry.
Leads to better drinking habits
Research carried out by Alcohol Concern has found that people who participate in Dry January go on to practice safer and healthier drinking habits in the long-run. Statistics from the last two years shows that even six months after Dry January, participants were found to drink less per day and were also less likely to binge drink.
Although we’re already halfway through January it doesn’t mean that you can’t take part in the challenge. You can go alcohol-free whenever you like and even for however long you like. If the thought of not drinking for a whole month feels like an impossible task, start with a couple weeks and gradually build yourself up to a month. Alternatively, you might decide not to drink for one week of every month. Just that alone means that you’re cutting out three months of drinking every year.
If you think that you or someone you know could have a problem with alcohol, please feel free to visit our Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation page. Here you will find more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available for alcohol addiction and abuse.