Hi, I’m Alison – the Senior Healthtrainer for the Beverley, Haltemprice and Holderness region.
Dry January has been knocking around for a few years now and proving quite popular probably because after a few weeks of having a bit more alcohol than normal we often don’t feel to great as a result and feel ready for a bit of a break.
There are lots of different reasons why people opt to do Dry January, save money, detox, new year’s resolution etc it doesn’t matter, it’s about what’s important to you.
The benefits of dry January include
- Better sleep – Drinking less alcohol can help you sleep better and have better quality sleep.
- Weight Loss from a reduction in calories – Not only from the alcoholic drinks but also the treats and types of food we tend to eat when drinking.
- Saving money – Treat your self to something with the money you have saves.
- Giving your liver a break after a busy festive period.
If you want to try Dry January but not sure where to start, then a bit of planning can really help
- Is it the right time? Be realistic, if you have your best mates stag do booked in in January, the chances are you may not stick to soft drinks on that occasion.
- Remove alcohol from the house and therefor the temptation
- Get friends and family involved and try to do it all together to get some support around you
- Find Mocktails recipes and try these out or other non-alcoholic drinks
- Get sponsored if you want that extra motivation and raise money for a good cause at the same time.
What ever the reason for wanting to do Dry January, sometimes it can be good to just evaluate your drinking habits. If you feel you are drinking more then you should or regularly exceed the weekly units of 14 units a week then have a think about accessing some support for your drinking. The YOURHealth Team can help by offering support to those who wish to reduce, limit, and control their alcohol levels through innovative ideas and methods.