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Dry January? Here’s what happens when you actually stick with it
Feeling like you drink too much? Or perhaps you’re feeling lethargic, foggy, and tired from the holiday season after indulging and consuming too much alcohol. Either way, taking a month off can have significant health and wellness benefits.
You may have friends or family that have done this in the past or are doing it this year and “dry January” has gained traction over the past several years. What is “Dry January,” you ask? It’s very simple; give up drinking alcohol for the month of January with no cheat days! While this seems simple, the actual application of it and sticking to it, for most people, is the difficult part.
Over the holidays, people tend to have more social events and tend to spend more time with their family. For others, the holidays can be a time of stress and loneliness. In both cases, the consumption of alcohol over the holiday season significantly increases. From a survey conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of Morning Recovery, a supplement company, revealed that the average adult American doubles the amount of alcoholic drinks consumed during the holiday season. On average, the respondents to this survey consume four alcoholic drinks per week, but over the holiday season, this increased to eight drinks per week.
Not only does this increase in alcohol consumption affect one’s health, but it also affects your bank account. The average spend increases from $241 per month on social events to $537 during the holiday season; an increase of 123 percent!
Benefits of Dry January
Alcohol affects the body in several ways. Consuming alcohol, even a couple of glasses of wine or a few beers at night can hinder your sleep as your sleep cycle gets disrupted when you consume alcohol. While you might fall asleep quicker and enter into deep sleep earlier but alcohol disrupts your overall sleep, resulting in you waking up feeling out of it or not functioning at your best.
Other benefits of consuming less alcohol are that you may lose weight, as you’re consuming fewer calories (one beer is about 200 calories). Not drinking may also help your skin as alcohol is a diuretic which results in you going to the bathroom more frequently and dehydrating the body. Alcohol has been linked to increased risks of certain cancers of the colon, rectum, liver, and mouth. Alcohol consumption also negatively affects athletic performance, eating habits, and your bank account.
Taking a month off from drinking is also beneficial to your mental health. Drinking can be a coping mechanism for stress and if you struggle with anxiety and/or depression, it will make it worse. Furthermore, it is beneficial to know that you can commit to something and stick to it while also confirming that you are not reliant on alcohol. Another plus is that you will wake up without a hangover, making your weekends more productive.
If you’re looking to make a change, give “dry January” (or another month) a try, and witness the benefits on your health and wellness firsthand.
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EP Health Wellness Team