With the melancholy that often comes with January (a brand new year, but also dark mornings and cold nights), it’s hard not to look for comfort from wherever you can get it.
Sometimes, it’s food. Or television. Or alcohol.
But, while you may have some nice nibbles and treats left over from Christmas and you aren’t yet ready to brave the outside unless you have to, the idea of giving up alcohol for the month has grown considerably over the last few years. In fact, an estimated 4.2 million people have said they will be taking part in Dry January 2019.
Here, we look at the health benefits of not drinking alcohol, as well as some tips on how to stop drinking for the month.
Dry January Benefits
Lower blood pressure
By having a lovely decaffeinated hot drink, rather than reaching for the bottle, you can decrease your blood pressure considerably. With many high blood pressure cases being alcohol-related, it makes a lot of sense to have a dry month. Reconsider how giving up alcohol can have a positive effect on your health.
Improvement of mental health
Drinking alcohol regularly can add and exacerbate conditions, such as low mood, anxiety and depression. By reaching for the beautiful kettle, rather than the bottle and completing a sober January, you can really recharge your batteries and alter possibly detrimental aspects of your lifestyle.
Some of the basics
If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves. With this in mind, by cutting down (or cutting out) your alcohol units, you will invariably lose a little weight, probably save a bit of money and possibly sleep a great deal better.
Be smart and put the smart kettle on.
How to give up alcohol for a month
Alternatively, hide the beer and stock up on non-alcoholic beer or look up delicious mocktails.
A whole month is a marathon, not a sprint, so, if you crave a drink or even have one or two throughout the month, do not beat yourself up. If it happens, it’s gone and you can move on from there.
Is Dry January worth it? Is Dry January beneficial? Is Dry January good for you?
The answer to all three of these questions is yes, but it is also a challenge and there is nothing to stop you from considering it to be the beginning of your own personal campaign.
If you’re considering the Dry January challenge, we wish you all the best for the weeks ahead - Good Luck!