Abstaining from booze for a month sees people regain control of their drinking, save money and lose weight, according to new research from the University of Sussex. The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr Richard de Visser, was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018.The results show that Dry January participants are still drinking less in August.They reported that drinking days fell on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week; units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1; and frequency of being drunk dropped from 3.4 per month to 2.1 per month on average.Dr Richard de Visser, reader in psychology at the University of Sussex, said: “The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week. There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose … [Read more...] about Sussex academics spell out benefits of Dry January
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If you're planning to resume drinking when Dry January ends, chances are you'll do it less often, new research has found. Researchers in the UK surveyed 800 people who went without alcohol in January 2018, and found that by August, they were drinking fewer days per week and getting intoxicated less often. "The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term," said University of Sussex psychologist Dr Richard de Visser, who led the study. "By August people are reporting one extra dry day per week. There are also considerable immediate benefits - nine in 10 people save money, seven in 10 sleep better and three in five lose weight." Drinking days per week dropped on average from 4.3 to 3.3, and units consumed from 8.6 to 7.1. The number of times drinkers would get intoxicated each month fell from 3.4 to 2.1. "Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn't manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole … [Read more...] about Dry January’s effects long-lasting
January is a time when many of us want to give our body a break and start looking after our health again. Cutting the amount of alcohol you consume is a good start and a whole month off alcohol is really good for your health. It boosts your energy levels and improves your sleep, but it also gives you a sense of achievement and can save you money too.So, NHS Lincolnshire East CCG is encouraging people living and working in the area to take a break from alcohol by signing up for Dry January.Dr Stephen Baird, GP and Chair of Lincolnshire East CCG said: “Last January over three million people participated in Dry January and tens of thousands of people signed up online. “Dry January is not about never drinking again, it just gives you the opportunity to give your body a break from alcohol, so why not get involved in 2019 and start experiencing the benefits.”Alcohol is the leading cause of preventable ill health and death in 15 to 49 year olds and is a factor in more than … [Read more...] about Kick start health regime by signing up to Dry January
Quiz PUBLISHED: 19:14 29 December 2018 Sophie Barnett Bar staff at Ipswich Revolution are creating alcohol free cocktails for Dry January. Picture: REVOLUTION Bar staff at Ipswich Revolution creating one of their popular cocktails. Picture: REVOLUTION More than four million people will ditch the booze and start the new year healthier according to a recent poll – but where in Suffolk can you go for a non-alcoholic drink? Every year people across the county join Alcohol Change UK’s Dry January, giving up alcohol and adopting a healthier lifestyle after the excesses of Christmas.And the benefits are likely to far out live any new year resolutions you are likely to make because research carried out by the University of Suffolk shows that more than 70% of dry January volunteers are still drinking less riskily six months afterwards. The research, which involved 800 dry January participants, showed that 88% saved money, 80% felt more in control … [Read more...] about Are you taking part in dry January?
The statics are quite frightening and if you ever needed a reason to ease up on your booze intake, then now is the time – as Dry January is about to kick in. One in 10 adults – 4.2million of us – will have a month off the sauce, according to figures released by Alcohol Change UK. Many will have binged to excess over the festive period, when the average Brit drinks 67 units of alcohol a week. That’s nearly five times the 14 units recommended by the NHS. So taking part in Dry January will help you feel both healthier and wealthier. And banishing booze for four weeks can improve your relationship with alcohol in the long term. Dr Richard Piper, from Alcohol Change UK, explains: “Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialise. “For the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about our drinking and to avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to. “Many … [Read more...] about Dry January beckons