Dry January has been all the rage in recent years. It is the term that describes giving up alcohol for the first month of the year. For some people it might be an annual tradition, maybe it’s to catch up on all the extra drinking during the holidays or just to start the year off fresh and healthy. But will participating in it really improve your health? Turns out, yes it will. Even better? Continue that dry January when the month ends.
Here are ten reasons why baby boomers should really think about extending that dry January into a dry 2023:
- Improved liver function: Going without alcohol for a month can give the liver a chance to recover from the damage caused by excessive drinking. This can improve overall liver function and reduce the risk of liver disease.
- Sleep better: Alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns and cause insomnia and poor sleep quality. A dry January can help improve sleep quality and duration.
- Weight loss: Alcohol is high in calories and can contribute to weight gain. A dry January can help people lose weight and improve overall health.
- Increased energy: Alcohol can make you feel tired and lethargic. Going without alcohol for a month can increase energy levels and improve overall productivity.
- Improved mental health: Alcohol can have negative effects on mental health, including an increased risk of depression and anxiety. A dry January can help lift mood and reduce stress levels.
- Reduced cancer risk: Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of several cancers, including breast, colon, and liver cancer. A dry January can reduce this risk.
- Improved cardiovascular health: Alcohol can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Not drinking alcohol for a month can improve cardiovascular health.
- Increased savings: Alcohol can be expensive, and giving it up for a month can save people money.
- Increased alcohol consumption awareness: Participating in a Dry January can help people become more aware of their alcohol consumption and make healthier choices in the future.
- Improved overall health: Abstaining from alcohol for a month can have a positive impact on overall health and well-being. It can serve as a reset button for individuals who may have overindulged during the holidays.
Going without alcohol for a month and then going back to your normal habits won’t do much for your long-term health. Especially if you tend to binge drink. Binging, abstaining and then repeating the cycle is not a good pattern. However, taking a short alcohol break can be helpful in getting yourself back on track and can help you feel better physically and mentally, as long as you don’t use the break as an excuse to overdo it after the break. If you get through a dry January, consider extending it!