Most people are already planning on giving up alcohol for a whole month in January. This fairly recent trend started a few years ago after a couple of charities who support alcoholics tried to create a buzz around ‘dry January’. And it caught on! Over the past couple of years, dry January has really taken off, and now more than 2 million people try to give up alcohol every January. They are probably spurred on by trying to make up for all the overindulgence over the festive period.
But this leads to the question: is giving up alcohol for one month really worth it? After all, most people go back to their old habits once January is over. To help you make up your mind, here are some interesting points to consider.
The current government guidance is that we should all have at least two alcohol-free days each month. So if you are already following this guidance, is it worth giving up for a whole month? After all, you aren’t currently drinking too much according to the government. However, there is something else to consider. We have just celebrated Christmas and the holiday season, which probably saw you enjoying a bit more alcohol than normal. If you did indulge a bit too much, your liver could probably do with a holiday! So you might find that you benefit from taking a break for a month to help your liver get back on track.
Less Social Contact
One of the main complaints of those who do dry January is that they have a lot less social contact during the month. This is because not many people want to go to bars and clubs while they are not drinking. However, you shouldn’t see this as a negative point. It has some benefits! For instance, you will be able to save a lot of money by staying in more. You can also think of some fun social activities that don’t include alcohol, such as going to the cinema or the theater.
No Chance Of A Run In With The Law
Did you know that the number of people who require legal counsel and representation for DWI over the festive period goes through the roof? That’s because there are a lot of Christmas parties and celebrations over this period, and a lot of people risk drinking and driving. Once you aren’t drinking in dry January, you won’t need to worry about this at all. No matter how late you stay at a party, you will be okay to drive yourself home because you won’t have had a drink.
Lose Some Weight
A lot of people notice that giving up alcohol for a month helps them to lose a considerable amount of weight. That’s great news if you want to burn off your Christmas dinner! Alcohol contains a lot of calories, which will all add to an increase in weight. Without these calories, you will notice that you lose weight. Not only that, though, but you will have a lot more energy so will feel a lot more willing to exercise!