I’ve made the decision to quit alcohol for January. This seems rather drastic, particularly as, in general, I believe that most things are fine in moderation. However, In the run up to, and over, Christmas I had an extra glass of wine here and a festive drink there. It’s all well and good to have a social drink every no and then, but it can easily become more. Plus, I haven’t always been able to tolerate alcohol – I’d get stabbing pains in my stomach within minutes of it passing my lips and a hangover like no other!
Even though I can tolerate alcohol now, I know that it’s easy for a drink to become habit rather than a treat or a celebration. From that point, the quantity easily creeps up.
I’m using Dry January as a way to create a clean slate and give my health a boost. Here are some of the things going Dry of January could do for you:
- Help with weight loss – our body can use alcohol for energy, so it adds to our total calorie intake. We also tend to overeat when we have had something to drink!
- Improve your sleep – many people have a drink to relax before bed, but even a small amount of alcohol disrupts our sleep patterns and makes us more wakeful. This leaves us tired and less able to concentrate the next day – and more likely to drink again.
- Improve general health and lowered risk factors – A few years ago, the staff of New Scientist abstained from alcohol for 5 weeks (study synopsis found here). Quitting for 5 weeks caused decreases in cholesterol and blood glucose, reducing risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. They also saw an average of 15% decrease in liver fat, which is the prelude to liver damage and weight loss.
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