Dry January: Eliminating Alcohol Helps with Better Sleep, More Energy, and Weight Loss

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When the holidays end, a lot of Americans during “Dry January”, which is a month-long sobriety challenge.

Moreover, the consumption of alcohol can be uncontrollable during multiple celebrations. One glass can become two, three, four, or even more.

Health patient navigator and substance abuse counsellor, UC Davis, Tommie Trevino said,

Addiction sneaks up on you,

He further added,

When someone starts questioning whether they have a problem, I suggest they abstain for 30 days. I say, ‘If you can’t stop for 30 days, why not?’ Then we may need to reevaluate the person’s relationship with alcohol.

What is Dry January?

Dry January is a public health initiative that was started in 2013 by Alcohol Change UK.

The aim of the challenge is to eliminate alcohol from your diet for thirty-one days. It is an initiative for people who drink too much or don’t have control over their alcohol consumption. Furthermore, it is a kickstart for anyone who wants a refreshed and healthier new year.

Consumption of excessive alcohol is unhealthy for everyone but according to CDC, females have other health and safety risks posed by alcohol usage.

Despite consuming comparable amounts, female bodies absorb more alcohol. Moreover, it takes longer to break it down as well. Women who drink are prone to heart and brain damage compared to men. Additionally, alcohol increases the risk of mouth, liver, throat, oesophagus, colon, and breast cancer among women. The risk of cirrhosis and other alcohol-related diseases is also higher than in men. They are also at a higher risk of addiction development.

Month of Sobriety

Research claims that a break from alcohol can have immediate health effects on heavy drinkers. Moreover, according to Trevino, it also gives enough time to assess people’s drinking habits through this.

The benefits include weight loss, better mood and energy, better sleep, and physical activity is increased, in addition to a reduction in liver fat and blood sugar. Trevino also added that growth factors linked with cancer, blood pressure, and insulin resistance are also decreased.

Trevino said,

Educating the patient and getting them ready for their journey is what I do,

I can’t tell someone, ‘You need to stop today, you need to stop right now.’ No, we help plan their recovery and meet the patient where they are.


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