This campaign about alcohol can have positive and negative effects on your body. Let’s see what this campaign is about and its benefits
If you like to drink a beer with your friends or a glass of wine after a long and tiring day, you are not alone. Alcohol has the ability to make you feel relaxed and good since it hits the neurochemical pathways in our brain and releases endorphins. However, excessive consumption can lead to several health issues and sometimes people lose control of how much and how often they drink, which is a real problem.
Fact: Your liver needs around four to six weeks of recovery after drinking a heavy amount of alcohol. That is why this campaign known as Dry January can be a great way to take care of your liver.
What is Dry January?
It is a campaign launched by Alcohol Concern, that started three many years ago and its aim is to start a new conversation about alcohol, to encourage people to consider and discuss their alcohol consumption, and also, to inspire behavior change following a month of sobriety.
What happens to your body during Dry January?
In the UK, millions of people participate in Dry January and many participants have said that a month off from alcohol was really beneficial for them: they started to sleep better and feel good and full of energy. Let’s see what to your body in that month according to an expert:
- On the first days of the month, you may experience an inability to sleep and dehydration.
- Then other symptoms can appear. For example nausea, sweating, and anxiety, but that means you are going through withdrawal from alcohol dependency.
- After many days you will find yourself sleeping peacefully and with more energy during the day. Also, your appearance will improve.
Moreover, research has shown that this month also has positive physiological effects. A study made on moderate drinkers has demonstrated that they improved their concentration and sleep patterns, while there was a reduction of cholesterol glucose levels and blood pressure.
More about Dry January
Besides the month off from alcohol, Alcohol Concern offers support through online communities and an email program, to encourage people to go ahead with the challenge of abstaining from alcohol. The association also offers professional advice and non-alcoholic drink alternatives.
If you want to try Dry January, that is a good decision. Don’t forget that your health is the most important thing you have. Find drinking alternatives and you will feel really good.