The Health Benefits of Dry January

One of the most common new years resolutions is to drink less, and one of the best ways to start is to push yourself to go cold turkey for the whole month! While this may mean missing out on a nice glass of wine after work or cocktails with friends on the weekend, the health benefits more than make up for it! Here are the top benefits for cutting out alcohol for even just one month:

 

Shift stubborn weight

Alcoholic drinks, particularly wine and beer, can be very high in sugar and calories, so you may be actually find that by cutting out drinking your calories, you start to notice yourself losing weight much easier! Check out our post on the lowest calorie drinks for after Dry January is over.

 

Feel more energised in the morning

Cutting out alcohol consumption, thereby avoiding the dreaded hangover the next day may improve your sleep, boost your energy, while also enhancing your mood and concentration!

 

Boost your immune system and reduce inflammation

Studies have shown that drinking more than four drinks in one go can significantly reduce your immune system, as well as causing inflammation levels to rise significantly, for example by moving toxins from your colon into your body. Limiting, or cutting out, alcohol can immediately prevent both these health issues occurring. 

 

Boost your heart health

While small amounts, ie. one glass of wine per night, can be great for boosting your cardiovascular health, drinking in excess of this (and let's be honest, who can really limit themselves to one drink when they're out?) can do more damage to your heart than good. By cutting out alcohol all together, even if it is just for the month, it can help to reduce bad cholesterol levels, improving overall heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in the future.

 

So there you have it! By cutting out alcohol for even one month, you may start to see and feel a whole range of health benefits to get you looking and feeling your best for 2020!