Are you still recovering from the party season? Save yourself some serious pounds this month - sterling and lbs, by taking part in Dry January. Do you think you're up for the challenge?
Last year over 2 million people nationwide cut out drinking for the whole of January, why not join in this year and reap the rewards.
Alcohol Concern has given drinkers a challenge: can you manage a month without alcohol? The campaign is called Dry January, and aims to attract funding through donations, raise awareness of alcohol-related problems and also educate people about the health benefits of abstaining from alcohol.
Why Should I Take Part?
From significant health benefits including weight loss, clearer skin and better sleep, to more money in your pocket - what's not to like?
According to a study conducted by Sussex University, researchers found that 72% of participants had sustained reduced levels of harmful drinking six months after completing the scheme.
Dry January can also work wonders for your figure and appearance. Alcohol contributes to weight gain by reducing your metabolism, as the body breaks down alcohol first, so fats and sugars are burnt off slower.
Your skin will also see the benefits, as cutting out alcohol will help your skin to recover from the dehydrating effect alcohol has, which can give skin an unhealthy colour and texture. Remember to drink lots of water!
It is important to remember that Dry January is not a medical detox programme. If you have serious concerns about your alcohol consumption it is important to seek help. Long-term excessive drinking can lead to health complications, such as liver disease and cancer, and mental health problems including depression and anxiety.
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