The holidays can be a time of increased drinking, but that can take a toll on our health, relationships, and other important priorities. If you are a parent who has had a concern about their own drinking, you might try participating in Dry January – a month long break from alcohol.
Some people notice significant changes when they stop drinking. “Everything is better,” says Blair Benson. She says her skin tone improves and she feels less bloated. Her anecdote fits with a study of about 850 people who volunteered to abstain from alcohol for one month. At the end, 82% said they felt a sense of achievement. 62% reported “better sleep” and about half reported they lost some weight. Many of the participants said they had more energy, which fits with the experience of listener Sarah Black Sadler. “I definitely have more energy,” Sadler told us. “The biggest thing that I noticed is that I don’t need alcohol to have a good time with my friends.”https://www.npr.org/2020/01/02/781673495/6-ways-to-take-a-break-from-drinking
Click this link for 6 tips to get started on Dry January. It’s a quick read and the tips are actually practical and useful. It’s a great time to reflect on the role of alcohol in our lives, especially since the most recent studies from the past year show that there are no health benefits from alcohol.