Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Anyone Up For A 'Dry January' Challenge?

A study from the University of Sussex conducted a study, published in Health Psychology, set out to see just how effective one month without alcohol can be.
Could you go a month without alcohol?

Ok, folks.

Thanksgiving - done. Christmas - done. New Years Eve - done.

The holiday season is officially done, and with it all those holiday parties and gatherings that can lead to a lot of drinking.

As folks head into January with thoughts of New Year's resolutions in order to improve our lives, cutting out/down alcohol intake tops a lot of lists.

I think the first tweet I saw today read, "I've made it all the way through 2019 so far without a hangover."

Many participate in observing ‘Dry January,’ a month-long break from imbibing.

No wine???

A study from the University of Sussex conducted a study, published in Health Psychology, set out to see just how effective one month without alcohol can be.

The Dry January study involved 850 participants. Researchers interviewed them at the end of one month, and again six months later.

The results?

After one month:

• 82% felt a sense of achievement

• 79% noted they’d saved money

• 62% reported they had more energy

• 62% said they slept better

• 49% shared they had experienced weight loss

At the six month mark, 72% said they had maintained reduced levels of drinking.

In fact, 4% reported they’d continued to abstain from alcohol over the six month period.

And the folks who didn’t make it all the way through January completely alcohol-free still reported positive benefits.

“Even if participants took part but didn’t successfully complete the 31 days, it generally led to a significant decrease across all the measures of alcohol intake,” said Richard de Visser, an expert on health-related behavior, said in a statement.

What do you think, folks? Can you tackle a Dry January?

If addressing alcohol isn’t your issue, what kind of New Year's resolutions do you take on?


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