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Benefits of Dry January

By on Jan 13, 2014

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We are now two weeks into dry January and we hope people taking part in this event are feeling the benefits of a booze-free few weeks.  As a gentle reminder and motivational boost here are a few benefits of an alcohol free January. Most of us see January is a perfect way to start the year in a healthy fashion.

Giving up alcohol can help to lose weight and cut out excessive calories.  For example pint of beer contains on average 150 calories and a glass of wine contains 170 calories. Cutting these out automatically reduces the calorific intake and can help you start to the year without excessive extra calories.

Excessive alcohol intake can cause dips in blood sugar levels which can lead to increased sugar cravings which can result in further weight gain. People generally eat fast foods and junk food after a night out drinking and this food does not get enough time to undergo proper digestion which needs to unwanted weight gain.

One the main drawbacks of alcohol intake is the dreaded hangover, or “heavy head”, which can have a detrimental impact on work performance and can reduce energy levels and mental altertness.

This resultant low enery can therefore impact on our levels of activity and this can lead to weight gain. Cutting out alcohol during January can result in increased energy levels, and help us to start the day with increased motivation which leads to improved mental performance. This can also have the knock-on effect of feeling more motivated to go out and exercise, which can help to reduce stress levels, reduce weight and help to maintain a healthy general lifestyle.

Regular alcohol intake is also related to and can cause the low mood and depression staying off booze for a whole month can help to improve mood, not to mention improve energy levels. Many people suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is related to a lack of a lack of daylight. This condition naturally affects more people during autumn and winter months.  January can be a particularly bad month as the days are generally shorter. Cutting out alcohol during this month can help to maintain and improve mood levels.

Alcohol is metabolised by the liver in the body. Cutting out alcohol, especially after the festive season, can help to assist the liver in the natural detoxification process and this can therefore have an increased impact on energy levels, digestion and general health.

Good luck to all those participating in Dry January!

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