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New British research has shown that participating in Dry January, where alcohol is not used for a month, could help people lose weight, sleep better, give energy, save money and reduce drinking in the long term. . The new study, conducted by the University of Sussex, examined British adults who participated in Dry January in 2018, an event organized in the UK by the charity Alcohol Change UK.
The first survey asked 2,821 people who had registered for Dry January; the second questioned 1,715 in the first week of February; and the last survey included 816 participants in August. The results showed that those who participate in Dry January also report that they drink fewer months later, with alcohol consumption also lower in August.
Participants also reported that fewer days were drunk, with an average number of drinking days averaging 4.3 to 3.3 per week. The units consumed per drinking day also fell on average from 8.6 to 7.1, and the frequency of drunken dropped from 3.4 times a month to an average of 2.1 times a month.
Other benefits of Dry January included a sense of achievement, reported by 93 percent of participants, and money savings reported by 88 percent of respondents.
Participation in Dry January also meant that 82 percent of the participants thought more about their relationship with alcohol, 80 percent felt more control over their alcohol consumption and 76 percent learned more about when and why they drank. A large number (71 percent) also realized that they do not need a drink to enjoy themselves.
Cutting back on spirits also involved a host of other health benefits, including improved overall health, better sleep, more energy, weight loss, better concentration and better skin.
"By simply taking a month off alcohol, people drink less in the long term: in August, people report one extra dry day per week, but there are also significant immediate benefits: nine out of ten people save money, seven out of ten sleep better and three out of five lose weight, "said lead author. Richard de Visser.
"Interestingly, these changes in alcohol use have also been observed among those who have failed to remain alcohol-free throughout the month – although they are a bit smaller, showing that there are real benefits to simply trying to complete. Dry January. "
Dr. Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Change UK, also commented on the findings: "Simply put, Dry January can change lives, we hear every day from people who have taken the lead on their drinking with Dry January and feel healthier and happier . as a result."
"Many of us know about the health risks of alcohol – seven forms of cancer, liver disorders, mental health problems – but we are often unaware that less drinking also has more direct benefits: sleep better, feel more energetic, money save, better skin, lose weight … The list goes on Dry January helps millions to experience those benefits and to make a sustainable change to drink healthier. "
According to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, men and women are advised to drink no more than 14 units per week on a regular basis and to spread drinking for three or more days if this amount is regularly drunk.
A small glass of wine (125 ml, 12% ABV) counts as 1.5 units and a standard glass (175 ml, ABV 12%) 2.1 units. A bottle of 750 ml (13.5 percent ABV) wine contains 10 units. A pint of lager / beer / cider (ABV 5.2 percent) counts as 3 units and a bottle of beer / cider of 330ml (ABV 5 percent) is 1.7 units.