Dry January: Is it worth giving up alcohol for a month?
Alcohol Concern has thrown down the gauntlet to drinkers: can you manage a month without alcohol? The campaign, Dry January, aims to attract funding through donations, raise awareness of alcohol-related problems and educate people about the health benefits of abstaining from alcohol.
Aside from saving money, Alcohol Concern claims that abstaining will help you lose weight and improve your sleep.
There is no shortage of participants – more than two million people signed up last year, but is there any evidence that Dry January works?
Gram for gram, alcohol contains almost the same amount of calories as pure fat, so abstaining for a month could reduce your weight, assuming you don’t compensate for the lost calories by eating more. Fat accumulates in the liver as a result of drinking. As little as two weeks abstinence can return your liver to good health, reducing the risk of alcohol-related liver disease.
As for improving sleep, there is clear evidence that you will get abetter night’s sleep if you abstain from alcohol.
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