Dry January has been all the rage the past few years. It's the term that describes giving up alcohol for the first month of the year. For some people it might be an annual tradition, maybe it's to make up for all the extra holiday drinking or just a way to start the year off feeling fresh and healthy. But, is it really going to improve your health if you partake? Turns out, yes it will. And it's even better if you continue that dry January when the month ends.
Here are ten reasons baby boomers should really think about extending that dry January to a dry 2023:
Improved liver function: Abstaining from alcohol for a month can give the liver a chance to recover from the damage caused by excessive drinking. This can improve overall liver function and reduce the risk of liver disease.
Better sleep: Alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns, causing insomnia and poor quality of sleep. A dry January can help improve sleep quality and duration.
Weight loss: Alcohol is high in calories and can contribute to weight gain. A dry January can help individuals lose weight and improve overall health.
Increased energy: Alcohol can make you feel tired and lethargic. Giving up alcohol for a month can increase energy levels and improve overall productivity.
Improved mental health: Alcohol can have negative effects on mental health, including increasing the risk of depression and anxiety. A dry January can help improve mood and reduce stress levels.
Reduced risk of cancer: Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of several types of cancer, including breast, colon and liver cancer. A dry January can reduce this risk.
Improved cardiovascular health: Alcohol can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Abstaining from alcohol for a month can improve cardiovascular health.
Increased savings: Alcohol can be expensive, and giving it up for a month can help individuals save money.
Increased awareness of alcohol consumption: Participating in a dry January can help individuals become more aware of their alcohol consumption and make healthier choices in the future.
Improved overall health: Abstaining from alcohol for a month can have a positive impact on overall health and well-being. It can serve as a reset button for individuals who may have overindulged during the holidays.
Ditching alcohol for a month and then going back to your normal habits isn't going to do much for your long-term health. Especially if you tend to binge drink. Binging then abstaining and then repeating the cycle is not a good pattern. However, taking a short break from alcohol can be helpful to get yourself back on track and can help you feel better physically and mentally, as long as you don't use the break as an excuse to overdo it after the hiatus. If you make it through a dry January, consider extending it!