Wouldn’t you love it if there was something you could do at the very beginning of the year which could help you ensure optimal health without having to compromise on your alcohol consumption? Well, apparently there does exist a way you can do just that.
According to health experts, all it takes is just one month of complete abstinence from alcohol and you are good for 11 months eating and drinking whatever you want (unless you have other medical concerns which prohibit intake of certain kinds of foods).
Hop-On the Dry January Bandwagon
They are calling this movement Dry January and are actively promoting the fact that going a month without in-taking any form of alcohol does not only allow you to regulate your drinking patterns throughout the rest of the year but also helps your overall health.
The study, which was conducted with a sample of over 800 individuals back in January 2018 to monitor the impact of no alcohol consumption for an entire month, was resumed after conclusion of 2018 to evaluate the results. The data was collected from users who signed up to become part of Dry January last year, first in February and then in August.
Participants were asked to fill out an online survey and report the changes they had witnessed in their lifestyle. Of course, this self-reported data could possibly have many flaws, but considering the fact that the sample size was large enough to rule out any biases, it is valid enough to draw logical conclusions from it.
Reduced Drinking In Later Months
Clearly the study aimed to prove a phenomenon which has not yet been established by science as a fact, and apart from the minor findings of the study, it has managed to establish a remarkable theory.
According to the study, if January is taken as an off-month, whereby no alcohol is consumed, then consumption of alcohol decreases in frequency from 4.3 days in a week to 3.3 days in a week around eight months forward.
Not only that, but the amount of alcohol which participants were used to drinking within a single day dropped as well. This obviously led to a drop in the number of times participants would get drunk in a month, specifically from 3.4 times in a month to 2.1 times.
According to Dr. Richard de Visser, who led the research team at University of Sussex, this discovery that taking a month off from drinking can allow people to actually reduce their consumption for the rest of the year is remarkable to say the least, as it has the potential to bring alcoholics back to a healthier, normal lifestyle in a much faster way.
This is not all. Apart from reduced consumption of alcohol, participants of the study also reported as having saved some extra money, experiencing an improvement in their sleep, and three out of every five participants even reported to having lost weight.
Participants also said that they found themselves to be more energetic than ever before, found concentration levels to have improved, and noticed a significant improvement in their own skin quality.
Is Alcohol Really That Bad?
While many people may try to deny the results of this study simply because it is based upon self-reported data that has been collected without any further clinical evaluation, there is no doubt that alcohol is indeed harmful to health, a fact which medical science has proven and which the Dry January movement has adopted as one of the core reasons for its existence.
Essentially, alcohol contains ethanol, which is naturally pretty harmful to both our physical as well as our mental health. While moderate consumption is fine, but when alcohol is consumed on a regular basis, the toxins keep building up within our system and cause health problems later.
Simply taking a one-month long break from it helps our body clean-up, allowing us to consume moderately for the rest of the year.