Take Part in 'Dry January' Challenge to Stay Fit, Well off in 2019Health & Wellness

December 31, 2018 08:01
Take Part in 'Dry January' Challenge to Stay Fit, Well off in 2019

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Participating in 'Dry January' challenge, which calls for abstaining from alcohol for the first month of the new year, can help people retrieve control over their drinking and expending, as well as boost health, a study has found.

Researchers from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom took data from more than 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018.

The findings showed that people taking part in Dry January were drinking less in up to August. They reported that oftenness of being drunk dropped from 3.4 per month to 2.1 per month on average.

"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," said Richard de Visser, from the University of Sussex.

There are as well appreciable immediate benefits: "Nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five loose weight," he said. "These changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn't manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month - although they are a bit smaller."

"This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January," said de Visser.

The research showed that 88 percent saved money; 70 percent had by and large improved health; 71 percent slept better, and 58 percent lost weight.

De Visser's findings come from three self-completed online surveys: 2,821 on registering for Dry January; 1,715 in the first week of February; and 816 participants in August.

By Sowmya Sangam

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