Having a Dry January might be the perfect way to help you achieve your New Year's resolution to be healthier and sleep better. According to new research from the University of Sussex people who have a Dry January had more energy, lost weight, saw their skin improve, had better control of their drinking, and slept better.
The study was led by psychologist Dr. Richard de Visser examined over 800 people who took part in Dry January last year. For those of you who don't know what Dry January is, it's the goal to abstain from drinking alcohol for the entire month of January. Giving up drinking is especially popular in January after the holiday season when people tend to indulge in an excessive amount of alcohol.
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The results of University of Sussex study showed:
93% of participants had a sense of achievement
88% saved money
80% feel more in control of their drinking
71% realized they don't need a drink to enjoy themselves
70% had generally improved health
71% slept better
67% had more energy
58% lost weight
57% had better concentration
54% had better skin
Not sure if a Dry January is for you? According to Dr. Richard de Visser having a Dry January, "there are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight".
The good news is even if you don't think you can give up drinking alcohol for the entire month Dr. Richard de Visser reported that those who did cheat from time to time did see a positive improvements in their well being, just the improvement was a bit smaller.