You can consider a dry January – all month without a glass of beer or the whiskey you received as a gift – to detoxify after a few months of vacation. And although this is certainly a worthwhile goal, recent research suggests that the benefits of giving up alcohol for a month go far beyond a simple post-holiday reset. A recent study from the University of Sussex in the UK shows that attending Dry January brings a range of health benefits, including improved sleep, increased energy and weight loss.
The survey involved 800 people who participated in January Dry January last year and talked to them during the year. The researchers found that those who had given up the alcohol for a month even drank less seven months later. More strikingly, participants reported a number of other sustainable benefits: 70 percent said they had improved overall health, 71
"The simple fact of taking one month of alcohol helps people drink less in the long run," said psychologist Richard de Visser of the University of Sussex in a statement shortly after the participants had stopped drinking.
If a whole month sounds frightening without a drink, do not worry. Even the short-term transfer of alcohol can be beneficial. In the study, participants who did not make the full month of January still saw improvements in their health, but not as much as those who had not drunk alcohol every 31 days.
to complete the dry January, "said de Visser.
So instead of grabbing the beer or mixing a cocktail, how about a nice cup of tea?