2023 is almost upon us and while many and getting ready to jump start our resolutions, our team is getting ready to tackle some BIG, AUDACIOUS goals and take a break for booze to reset. We would love you all to join us!
So what is "Dry January", it refers to the practice of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January, typically as a way to reset after the holiday season and kick off the new year with healthier habits. While the idea of giving up alcohol for a month might seem intimidating, there are actually numerous benefits to participating in Dry January that are backed by scientific research.
- Improved sleep quality
One of the most well-known side effects of alcohol is that it can disrupt sleep. While a drink or two before bed might help you fall asleep initially, it can also lead to interrupted sleep and poorer overall sleep quality. Participating in Dry January can help improve your sleep, as well as your energy levels and overall mood during the day.
- Weight loss
Alcohol is often high in calories, and consuming too much can lead to weight gain. By giving up alcohol for a month, you can potentially lose weight and improve your overall health. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that participants who abstained from alcohol for a month lost an average of 0.9 kilograms (2 pounds).
- Improved liver function
The liver is responsible for breaking down and metabolizing alcohol, and heavy alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage and diseases such as cirrhosis. Participating in Dry January can give your liver a break and allow it to repair and regenerate.
- Reduced risk of certain cancers
There is evidence to suggest that alcohol consumption can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, including breast, colon, and liver cancer. Abstaining from alcohol for a month can help reduce your risk of developing these types of cancer.
- Improved mental health
Heavy alcohol consumption has been linked to a range of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Participating in Dry January can help improve your mental health by reducing the negative effects of alcohol on the brain.
- Increased productivity
Alcohol can impair cognitive function and decision-making, leading to decreased productivity at work or school. By giving up alcohol for a month, you may find that your productivity improves and you are able to accomplish more.
Overall, participating in Dry January can have numerous benefits for your physical and mental health. While it might be a challenge to give up alcohol for a month, the potential benefits are well worth it. If you're considering participating in Dry January, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you.
Happy New Year!