5 compelling health advantages of embracing Dry January

Sober curious? Why not get involved with Dry January and find out the benefits of sobriety for yourself? Even if you only kick the booze for a month, you’ll be amazed at the noticeable benefits (and we’re sure your immune system will appreciate the boost after a perhaps overindulgent Christmas!). In this blog, we explore five health benefits of Dry January for those of you still considering jumping on the sober bandwagon. 

1. Improved mood

When life is getting you down it can be all too easy to reach for the bottle to help take the edge off. However, as we all know, alcohol only serves as a temporary fix and often leaves us feeling even worse – especially the next day! As a depressive, alcohol can also increase feelings of anxiety, depression and stress (high cortisol has been linked to chronic drinking). So if you’re someone who struggles with their mental health, be wary that alcohol consumption may only enhance any negative emotions you’re feeling. While removing alcohol from your diet may not immediately make noticeable changes to your mood, it will happen over time as your brain’s chemical balance normalises. 

 

2. Better sleep 

Alcohol has a sedative effect on the body which makes it easy to fall asleep after a few drinks. However, research has shown that alcohol consumption can suppress the REM stage of sleep which is vital for your brain and body to recover from the day prior. Those who have partaken in Dry Jan said they slept significantly better and felt much more refreshed during the day. 

 

3. Your bank account will look fantastic 

Depending on how much of a party animal you are, Dry January could see you prosper financially. Research shows that the average British household spends just under £1,000 on alcohol annually. Why not use the money you save to treat yourself in other ways – such as putting it towards a holiday or a spa treatment? No more sore heads and a healthy balance; it’s a win-win. 

 

4. Productivity will be on the up

Hangovers often stop us from getting through our to-do lists – or doing anything at all truthfully! When you swap the prosecco for nosecco this Jan, expect early morning starts, excellent focus and new-found determination to get that one thing done and dusted. 

 

5. A healthier relationship with alcohol 

Participating in Dry January can help you take a step back and reevaluate your relationship with alcohol. Whether it encourages you to give up drinking completely or even just cut down on a few beers here and there, it is a great opportunity to experiment with sobriety and the impact that has on you. 

We hope you found this blog of use and good luck to those of you taking part. Visit Alcohol Change UK for further guidance and useful resources. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2024!

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carlette Isaac

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