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Post Dry January


Nothing says “post-Christmas crash” like extreme lethargy, a lack of funds, and unwanted weight gain. That’s what makes Dry January such a brilliant idea: Swearing off booze for the first 31 days of 2019, British researchers reveal in a new report, successfully reverses the consequences of the holidays — and provides a handful of other benefits, to boot.

The brilliant thing about Dry January is that it’s not really about January.

People who completed dry January reported better sleep and health.

Five Key Benefits: In addition to consuming less alcohol throughout the year, people who persevered through Dry January enjoyed at least five measurable benefits of staying sober. Of those who stuck it out, report de Visser and his team, 88 percent saved money, 71 percent slept better, 70 percent had generally improved health, 67 percent had more energy, and 58 percent lost weight.

Those aren’t bad stats, considering how rough the post-holiday crash can be, especially in terms of physical wellbeing. In 2016, a New England Journal of Medicine article revealed that Americans, on average, increase their weight by about 0.4 percent in the ten days after Christmas compared to the ten days prior.

A Word of Caution: Though helpful as a post-holiday “reset,” Dry January, the team warns, isn’t for everyone. For very heavy or regular drinkers, going cold turkey can be dangerous, resulting in physical withdrawal symptoms like shaking, sweating, restlessness, insomnia, nausea, stomach cramps, or hallucinations.

For anyone who thinks they might be susceptible to this sort of withdrawal, it’s best to first consult a doctor before going dry for 31 days. A new app called “Dry January” can provide extra support, helping track alcohol units consumed and calories and money saved during a sober month off.

Excerpts from: https://www.inverse.com/article/52125-dry-january-benefits-no-alcohol
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