Dry January is a campaign that was started by Alcohol Change UK, a charity that works to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The campaign was first launched in 2013 and has since gained popularity around the world. The goal of Dry January is to encourage people to take a break from alcohol for the month of January in order to improve their health and well-being. Many people who participate in Dry January find that it is a good way to reset their relationship with alcohol and make positive changes to their drinking habits. They report feeling healthier, having more energy, and losing weight. Some people also find that taking a break from alcohol helps them to sleep better and feel more productive.
What are the health benefits from abstaining from alcohol for a full month?
Weight loss: Alcohol contains a lot of empty, non-nutrient calories, so giving it up can help you lose weight.
Improved sleep: Alcohol can disrupt your sleep patterns, so giving it up can help you sleep better.
Increased energy: Alcohol can drain your energy, so giving it up can give you a natural boost.
Improved skin: Alcohol can cause dehydration, which can lead to dry, dull skin. Giving it up can improve the appearance, moisture and overall elasticity of your skin and can make you look younger.
Better digestion: Alcohol can interfere with the absorption of nutrients and cause digestive issues, so giving it up can improve your digestion. It can also cause acid reflux, an uncomfortable, burning sensation in your stomach and lower esophagus.
Stronger immune system: Alcohol can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. Giving it up can help you stay healthy, especially in cold and flu season.
Lower risk of developing certain cancers: Long-term heavy alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as breast, colon, and liver cancer.
Improved mental health: Alcohol can worsen symptoms of anxiety and depression, so giving it up can improve your mental health.
Improved cardiovascular health: Alcohol can increase the risk of high blood pressure and stroke, so giving it up can improve your heart health.
Improved liver function: Alcohol can cause liver damage, so giving it up can improve the function of this important organ.
Dry January is not for everyone, but it can be a good way for people to assess their relationship with alcohol and make positive changes. If you find yourself dependent upon alcohol and need help to stop drinking, please call 402-234-5049 and ask to talk to one of the providers. They will gladly assist you with next steps and referrals.