From weight loss to better sleep and more money: Dry January helps people to change their lifestyle – even MONTHS later, study finds
- The participants in 2018 were immediately after the impact and in August
- the relationship of the people interviewed with alcohol as they were drunk less often
- The results indicate that the 31-day challenge can "change lives," activists said
Getting sober in January could lead to weight loss, better sleep, improved skin, and more money, according to a study.
Those who participated In early January, Dry reported in January that they had been thinking about their relationship to alcohol during the challenge.
Seven months later, in August, participants still drank less, suggesting that they help people change their habits in the long term.
The results show that assessing your relationship with drinks for the 31-day period can change your life, say activists.
Sobering for dry January, it could lead to weight loss, better sleep, better skin and more money, according to a study at the University of Sussex  One in ten Alcoholics plans to attend Dry January in 2019, according to YouGov survey.
"The great thing about Dry January is that it's not really January," Dr. Richard de Visser, who led the research.
"Being 31 days without alcohol shows us that we do not need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialize.
"This means that we are better able to make decisions about our drinking for the rest of the year and avoid drinking more than we really want."
The study, conducted at the University of Sussex, used three different surveys that Dry January online participants completed.
The University of Sussex study found:
• 93% of participants had a sense of achievement
• 88% saved money;
• 82% think more deeply about their relationship to alcohol; 19659009] • 80% have more control over their drinking;
• 76% learn more about when and why they drink;
• 71% have realized that they do not need a drink to enjoy themselves;
• 70% generally had an improvement in health;
• 71% slept better;
• 67% had more energy;
• 58% lost weight;
• 57% had a better concentration;
• 54% had better skin.
The registration for Dry January was attended by a total of 2,821 participants, in the first week of February 1,715 and in August 816 participants.
Participants indicated that their drinking days dropped on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per month, and the units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1.
The number of drunkards they drunk also fell 3.4 times per month, up to 2.1 times on average, according to results not published in a scientific journal.
There were also significant immediate benefits. Nine out of ten respondents said they had saved money, seven in ten said they had better sleep, half had better skin, and three out of five said they had lost weight.
Dr. Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been shown by participants who have failed to stay alcohol-free for the entire month, even though they are slightly smaller.
"This shows that trying to complete the dry January has real benefits."
According to a survey on Alcohol Change UK, which runs the "Dry January" campaign, one in ten alcoholics – an estimated 4.2 million in the UK – had a Dry January in 2019 already.
Dr. Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Change UK, said: "Put simply, dry January can change lives.
"We hear every day from people who have taken over drinking with Dry January, making them feel healthier and happier."
"Many of us are aware of the health risks of alcohol – seven forms of cancer, liver disease, mental health problems – but we often do not know that drinking has less immediate benefit.
" Sleep better, become more energetic feel, save money, get better skin, lose weight … The list goes on.
"Dry January helps millions to experience these benefits and make long term changes to drink healthier."
DRINKING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL? QUESTIONS WHICH INCLUDE THEIR RISK
A large-scale screening tool used by doctors is AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Tests) .The 10-question test was developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and is considered to be the gold standard whether anyone has alcohol problems.
The test has been reproduced here with the permission of WHO.
When finished, answer each question and make a note the corresponding score.
0-7: You are in reasonable drinking range and have a low risk of alcohol related problems.
About 8: Indicates harmful or dangerous drinking.
8-15: Medium Risk. If you drink at your current level, you run the risk of having problems with your health and life in general, such as: Eg work and relationships. Consider reducing (see below for tips).
16-19: A higher risk of alcohol complications. It is difficult at this level to do without yourself as you may be dependent so you need professional help from your family doctor and / or counselor.
20 and up: Possible dependency. Your drinking is already causing problems and you may be very dependent. You should definitely consider gradually stopping or at least reducing your alcohol intake. You should seek professional help to determine your level of dependency and the safest way to get rid of alcohol.
Serious dependencies may require medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification in a hospital or specialist hospital. This is due to the likelihood that severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms require special treatment in the first 48 hours.