Reap the rewards of doing Dry January
December 20th, 2019
Why do Dry Jan?
Taking a break from drinking does wonders for your body, especially if you have been drinking in excess in the run up and during Xmas.
Alcohol puts stress on your internal organs, affects your quality of sleep, your skin, your energy levels and can often cause anxiety. It is also full of empty calories (no health benefits) which can cause your waistline to expand as well as your bank balance to dwindle!
What health benefits should people who do it expect to see?
Lots! Quite quickly too….
Drinking is linked to a host of diseases and cancers, so prolonged and excessive drinking can increase your chances of getting health complications. Giving up will allow your liver to recover, get rid of the excess fat and start repairing itself.
If you give up for January you will quite quickly see your energy levels increase, your mood should improve (especially if drinking makes you feel anxious), your will have a better quality of sleep (as it impairs your sleep patterns), skin should look much clearer, concentration levels sore, whites of eyes will look much brighter, blood pressure to lower and you should possibly loose a little bit of weight.
What tips do you have for completing it safely/effectively?
- If you’re a social butterfly, it can be quite hard to commit and not to see the month through.
- Look at your diary commitments and maybe cancel or re-arrange anything which may involve drinking.
- Make sure you keep yourself hydrated with lots of water (not too much caffeine).
- There are non-alcoholic alternatives which taste pretty good, so if you feel like you’ll miss the taste of alcohol, maybe buy something which has no alcohol content.
- Make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet and not replacing alcohol with sugary or fatty food.
- Take up a new activity. Read a book, take up a new exercise or join the gym.
- Get to bed earlier. Your body will probably welcome the rest and time to recuperate.
- After a booze filled December, many of us have depleted levels of vitamin B, which affects our mood, appetite and energy, so up your vitamin intake.
- Listen to podcasts. There are lots about abstaining from alcohol, which may help you focus.
Any words of caution/ drawbacks?
Alcohol withdrawal includes both physical and psychological symptoms, especially if you drink a lot and often. These can include hand tremors, sweating, anxiety and insomnia. Make sure you look after yourself and eat well, rest and don’t drink too much caffeine. The first 4/5 days are the worst and after seven days, symptoms should subside, so don’t give up!
How to safely detox – Our medical advice : https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/familyhealth/dry-january-how-to-safely-detox-from-alcohol/ar-BBRyxnl?li=AAnZ9Ug
Read more on Netdoctor: https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/a25604073/alcohol-detox/