Dry January means that you made the decision to let your body recover from Christmas festivities, by abstaining from alcohol for the duration of the month. January is notorious for bad weather, coughs and colds and a whole host of other problems. A healthy body is an ideal way to cope with this annual onslaught – so if you took on the challenge for the month, did you manage it? And if you did, how has your health benefited?

The idea behind the scheme

Alcohol Concern and Cancer Research UK were the backers of this innovative scheme. People often don’t have too much money after Christmas, and given that in the UK the average spend on alcohol over the year is £787, this idea certainly helped finances. Of course it’s not just about money. Alcohol can damage the body. Booze weakens the immune system, and even though you might be careful to take all possible precautions from germs by stocking up on products from Brosch Direct and thoroughly washing hands and kitchen surfaces, if your body has a reduced capacity to fight infection as a result of excessive drinking, you could catch every cold and bug around.

You’ll have a fresher complexion

If you did abstain from alcohol in January, you’ll have noticed a difference in your complexion. Your skin will be brighter and you won’t be dehydrated. The outward appearance of your body often reflects what’s going on inside, so a healthy complexion also denotes a healthy body.

Abstinence is good for your long-term health

An article on the IB Times website revealed that those who gave up drink in January are more likely to moderate their drinking throughout the year. Some commentators were worried that giving up in January could lead to excessive binging in February, but this doesn’t appear to be the case. Research from Alcohol Concern shows that ‘six months after Dry January. Participants drank less beer every day and binge drank less.’

Lose excess weight with dry January

Many people start the New Year with an ambition to diet and lose weight. By March any pounds that have been shed are usually slowly piling their way back on. Giving up alcohol is one of the best things you can do to lose weight: the medical website Net Doctor suggests that beer and wine have a ‘high calorific content, which in turn can lead to weight gain.’

If you train yourself to drink less throughout the year, you won’t have to work so hard to try and lose any surplus pounds. The Royal Free hospital discovered that cholesterol levels decreased by 5% and blood glucose levels declined by an impressive 16% for those who took part in ‘Dry January.’ Increased blood glucose is a major factor in Type 2 Diabetes.

No more hangovers

A hangover is a result of excessive drinking. The body’s dehydrated and you’ll find it difficult to concentrate or to react as quickly as you would if you hadn’t drunk too much booze. A month without hangovers may start you thinking about your relationship with alcohol. Hangovers are horrible, why risk them? If you want to continue the momentum started by your month’s abstinence, then reduce your weekly alcoholic intake and start to feel happier and healthier.

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