5 Positive Benefits of Dry January
Why is it a good idea to go alcohol-free for a month? We give you five positive benefits for you and your well-being, why Dry January is a good idea.
1. Increased physical health 🏃♀️
Alcohol has a negative effect on all organs. Avoiding alcohol lowers your blood pressure and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease. Your liver will thank you too. Regular alcohol often leads to fatty liver disease or inflammation. An alcohol-free month according to the motto “Give your liver a break!” works wonders for detoxifying your liver.
2. Better sleep 😴
Quickly have a drink and then you can sleep gently in the land of dreams? It sounds like the perfect way to fall asleep, but it's deceptive. Because alcohol disrupts your sleep phases so that you wake up the next morning neither mentally nor physically refreshed. Specifically, alcohol causes your REM phase to be shortened. Too little sleep in the REM phase can lead to learning and concentration difficulties, memory problems and increased feelings of hunger. An alcohol-free month helps you start the new year more rested and productive.
3. Radiant complexion 😍
Consuming alcohol deprives your body of water. This also affects your skin. Dull skin or a puffy face are the result of alcohol. Therefore, Dry January promotes radiant skin!
4. Feel more comfortable in your body 💃
Alcohol affects our weight in several ways. It's a real calorie bomb! One gram of pure alcohol contains 7 calories, which is 3 calories more than one gram of sugar contains. In addition, alcohol slows down your fat burning. But that's not all: even though alcohol is very high in calories, it doesn't make you feel full. This quickly leads to cravings and the bar evening often ends at the next snack bar around the corner. If you've made a New Year's resolution to watch your weight, abstaining from alcohol will help you.
5. Savings fox 🦊
If you avoid alcohol for a month, you will save twice as much. Alcohol costs money! But there are also all the unnecessary things that you buy while intoxicated. Be it the fourth drink or the overpriced pizza because you get cravings. And no joke: Drunk shopping is a thing. There is a billion-dollar market for online shopping while intoxicated. In the US, for example, drunk shoppers spend almost $40 billion a year. The number is also high in Germany.