Dry January 2018
Dry JanuaryBy joining the millions of people who are giving up alcohol this January, you can take control and bid the booze goodbye. By taking part you can save money and lose weight round your waistline, all in the company of others who are joining in the movement too!
Why Take PartThere are lots of reasons to take part
- Do as a part of your new year’s resolution, feel healthier and happier
- Get a better night’s sleep
- Lose weight
- Improved skin
- The average person will spend £50000 on alcohol, imagine what you could if that money was in your pocket instead.
What will help me
- There’s a great free app that track’s you’re month and help’s you stay on target, with also a calorie tracker and unit tracker and even a tool to show you how much you’ve saved.
- Emails with lot’s of info from expert’s in alcohol make it more fun.
The Science Bitin 2013, an experiment conducted by New Scientist staff with the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London Medical School (UCLMS) showed marked differences in the condition of those who abstained from alcohol for five weeks. All the participants considered themselves to be “normal” drinkers. Before the test, the women had been drinking an average of 29 units a week, or four units a day, and the men typically drank 31 units. Both are above government guidelines, but not dramatically so (the guidelines suggest men shouldn’t regularly exceed four units a day (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer) and women shouldn’t drink more than three units a day (equivalent to a 175ml glass of wine)). In the test , 10 people drank no alcohol while four continued as normal. There were no significant changes in any of the parameters measured for the four people who didn’t give up alcohol. But the changes were “dramatic and consistent” across all 10 abstainers.
- Liver fat fell on average by 15 per cent, and by almost 20 per cent in some individuals. Fat accumulation on the liver is a known prelude to liver damage
- Blood glucose levels dropped by 16 per cent on average
- Total blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease, dropped by almost 5 per cent
- Ratings of sleep quality rose by just over 10 per cent