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'Dry January' Produces Health Benefits

By and Monday, 28 January 2019 10:59 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Dean Martin and Foster Brooks had successful Las Vegas nightclub careers portraying characters who were fun-loving drunks. But once people sobered up and realized that a drunk wasn't something to laugh at, those characters were retired.

Now, it seems sobriety is all the rage — at least for the month of January in the U.K.

The charitable group Alcohol Change U.K. started Dry January, which is an initiative to get people to give up alcohol for the first month of the year. People all around the world have taken part in it.

Researchers from the University of Sussex have found that the health benefits of abstaining from alcohol for a month are far-reaching.

A three-times-a-year survey of 2,500 people who took part in Dry January found that everyone who took the challenge reported higher energy levels and healthier body weights.

Participants reduced their average number of drinking days throughout the year from 4.3 to 3.3 days per week. On days when they did drink, consumption was down more than 10 percent.

They also reduced excessive drinking by more than 30 percent.

Ninety percent of participants reported that they saved money, 80 percent felt more in control of their drinking habits, and 70 percent reported better overall health and improved sleep.

Interestingly, the benefits from Dry January extended, although to a lesser degree, to those who didn't make it through the whole month. So just giving it a try can boost your health.

But don't wait until next January. Test it out for February in the good ol' USA.

© King Features Syndicate

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