Alcohol: Is It Worth Giving Up For A Month?
Moving into the second week of this month, thousands of people across the country are taking up "Dry January" after drinking maybe a little too much during the festive period. Sure, you probably shouldn't drink as much as we do over Christmas (not sure that mid-morning mimosa would fly during the working week), but is cutting out alcohol completely for the month beneficial to your health?
It has been previously thought that small amounts of drinking during the week is not harmful, and can even be beneficial. However, a recent study published in The Lancet has found that 'no alcohol can be considered good for you' given that alcohol can be attributed to 2.8 million deaths a year worldwide, with the majority of these being amongst men.
So given that research has found that 'no alcohol' is good for - just how beneficial is giving up drinking for a month? The answer is: very. Giving up alcohol, even just for a short period of time has been found to be incredibly beneficial to overall mental and physical health - and at least for that month reduces the risk of 'accidental alcohol-related death'.
Furthermore, in a recent study published by the BBC, medics found that patients who had given alcohol up for a month had: improved liver function, lower blood pressure, less trouble getting to sleep, and many even felt their mental health had improved. In one case a patient said the 'felt like a different person'.
Clearly, people enjoy drinking, with over a third of the world's population suggesting they drink weekly, and many would never consider giving it up permanently. And that's okay! But being more responsible with drinking is certainly beneficial for your health, and even taking an extended period of time away from alcohol can 'make you feel like a different person'.
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