Dry January: The benefits of not drinking

Written by Kelly Pyart.

Being a student, it is very hard to appreciate the value and benefits that Dry January can bring to people and the lessons that can be learnt.

Having non-alcoholic drinks could be the way forward

Having non-alcoholic drinks could be the way forward

Dry January is an annual campaign organised by Alcohol Concern which has this year reached new heights in terms of its’ popularity, so here at The Linc, we have decided to compile a few benefits that the scheme had to offer.

Although participants are expected to avoid a single drop of alcohol for a whole month, you do not necessarily need to cut it out altogether to feel the positives. We can learn those by learning from the example of others.

In subsequent years, eight two percent of people who took part in the campaign found they gained extra self-confidence after having achieved a goal and having stuck to it. Research also suggests that cutting back on alcohol also achieves the desired effect because it is itself a depressive, meaning people are more likely to feel depressed and upset when on the bottle.

Seventy nine percent also found they had saved a lot of money which is a big plus for us students, with us having a tight budget. The money usually spent on alcohol or the money can be put towards those things you really need or a small treat.

It is also well known that alcohol tends to cause a lack of sleep in the majority of people, and the research conducted by the University of Essex revealed that 62% had better sleep after completing the challenge. This was coupled with another health benefit of that 62% also having more energy. This is great as people reported they felt less lethargic and felt more able to carry out more activities throughout the day.

If you love losing a little bit of weight and are looking for easy ways to shed those pounds, then cut out alcohol again because 49% of participants found they had lost weight. 

This is proof then that cutting alcohol out of your diet, if only for a while or just cutting it down by a little bit does in fact provide health benefits and is maybe something you should consider.

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