Thirsty for a New Year’s challenge?

Why not give Dry January a go…

The Christmas period is often a time of overindulgence, but what we eat and drink can often impact how we feel leaving us feeling guilty, bloated and perhaps even a little embarrassed come January. Aside from the behavioural side-effects that one too many snowballs at the Christmas Party can cause, drinking alcohol to excess raises the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, liver disease, dementia and cancer. Mix that with a load of empty calories and a dash of sleepless nights and you have the perfect cocktail for a groggy and perhaps slightly heavy start to the New Year.

Why not start 2018 differently and ditch the booze with Dry January? This involves a test of will by drinking no alcohol for 31 days (bye bye leftover sherry trifle). Along with a feeling of satisfaction and a smug grin, completing the Dry January challenge will leave you with many other benefits including:

Lose some Christmas Pudding

Alcoholic drinks are made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar and therefore contain lots of ‘empty calories’ which have no nutritional value but can unfortunately lead to additional values on the scales. Weigh yourself at the start of Dry Jan and do a weekly weigh in to track your achievements, your waistband and scales will thank you come February.

Mirror Mirror

Drinking less alcohol can have a positive impact on your appearance. Alcohol causes you to be dehydrated, leaving your skin and eyes looking dull, red and lifeless.  By cutting out alcohol for just a month you should find your skin and eyes will appear brighter. 

Replace your nightcap with your bed cap

If you stop drinking completely one of the first things you notice will be improved energy levels. Drinking disrupts your sleep cycle and often leads to more time spent in REM sleep which is less restful, leaving you feeling sluggish and tired the next day no matter how many hours you have been in bed. By cutting out the booze you will find it easier to wake up in the morning and you can use this extra energy to exercise which will contribute to weight loss and increased energy levels.

Cheers – here’s to a healthier start to 2018!

For further information and Dry January initiatives visit: www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january  

Author: Medigold Health

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