Dry January 2017

My dry January journey has officially come to an end. Some would say 3 days early but don’t forget there is no authority on the subject, no official institution handing out medals at the end. It’s about taking it as far as you believe is beneficial & last night I put an impromptu night in with pals ahead of the last 3 days.

Despite the mixed emotions surrounding the concept of Dry January, I bloody love it. By the time the alcohol fuelled month of December is over, I NEED IT.

If I’m honest, I don’t drink much throughout the year, a few beers each weekend, obviously more at the sporadic special occasions. Well, a lot more.

The Christmas holiday usually turns into one big session, with morning drinks and delicious fatty foods becoming the norm. It doesn’t take long for these to combine to create an overwhelming desire for clean living. Cue Dry January.

If you’re on the cusp of completing Dry January, CONGRATULATIONS. Here are the benefits of abstaining from alcohol reported by a New Scientist study. If you didn’t take part, remember this list for next year.

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Dry January Benefits

  • Liver fat fell – Fat accumulation on the liver is a known prelude to liver damage. It can cause inflammation, resulting in liver disease. On average liver fat fell by 15%.
  • Blood glucose levels dropped – A drop in circulating glucose in tests could mean that our bodies had become more sensitive to insulin, removing more glucose from the blood – a sign of improved blood sugar control.
  • Weight loss – Participants in the study lost an average of 1.5 kilograms.
  • Total blood cholesterol dropped – Total blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease, dropped by almost 5 per cent.
  • Quality of sleep improved – Ratings of sleep quality on a scale from 1 to 5 rose by just over 10 per cent, improving from 3.9 to 4.3. Ratings of concentration soared 18 per cent from 3.8 to 4.5.

Read the full New Scientist study here.

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