Are you giving up alcohol this month? Some 3.1 million people are estimated to be participating in Dry January and giving up the booze after over indulging this Christmas.
Alcohol is the UK’s biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability for people aged 15-49. Based on research from previous participants, 79% of people saved money, 62% had better sleep and more energy and 49% lost weight.
The health benefits of giving up alcohol for a month include:
Liver Health – the liver becomes less fatty & functions better, glucose levels are reduced and blood glucose balance is better.
Weight Loss – Because alcohol is made from sugar or starch, it contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as many as pure fat!
Calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’, they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks contain traces of vitamins and minerals, but not usually in amounts that make any significant contribution to our diet.
Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol. So our systems want to get rid of it, and doing so takes priority. All of the other processes that should be taking place (including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) are interrupted.
Drink Aware recommends that you have no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, which translates as 6 pints of 4% beer (1092 calories a week) or 6 glasses of wine (954 calories a week). If you do have this amount of alcohol in a week, you could look to lose 14lbs over a year with the wine and 16lbs if you drink beer.
Sleeping Better – If you drink alcohol before bed may help you initially get off to sleep, but as the night goes on, you spend less time in deep sleep, and more time in a less restful stage of sleep.
Boosted Immune System – alcohol suppresses your immune system by interfering with your body’s ability to produce cytokines (chemicals that fight off infections).
Skin – Alcohol can act as a diuretic, which can increase fluid loss & lead to dehydration, possibly damaging the skin.
Dry Jan, day three. SAVING PENNIES. Anyone familiar with opening the old purse/ wallet the morning after a heavy one to be met with a bunch of crumpled receipts? ✨ • Saving £££ is a happy byproduct of living alcohol-free. Particularly if you live in a city, you’ll know just how easy it is to spend £100+ on a night out. ✨ • If you haven’t already thought about how much you’d usually be spending on booze on a daily/ weekly/ monthly basis, have a think about it now. Try working out just how much Dry January will leave you better off. ✨ • A little tip: put aside the money you’d usually spend on drinks into a pot, and treat yourself to something lovely at the end of the month. ✨ • When deciding whether or not to invest in something these days, I can often justify a purchase by thinking about how much I no longer throw away on boozy nights out. Everyone’s a winner. 👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾 • 📷 @prettiest_aesthetics ✨ • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • #dryjanuary #dryjan #soberingup #dryjanuary2018 #highsobriety #recovery #sobriety #wellnesswarrior #wellbeingwarrior #selfcare #mentalwellbeing #drinking #balancedmind #itsaninsidejob #wisdom #sober #soberlife #soberliving #moneymindset #lifestyle #alcoholfree #moneymaker #soberfun #sobergirl #money #sobersquad #soberissexy #mentalhealth #healthylifestyle #sobrietychallenge
Money – If the average drink is £3.50 and the recommended amount is 6 per week, that works out at £21 per week (if you don’t get involved in buying rounds and are lucky enough not to pay city prices for drinks). Over 4 weeks, you can look to save in excess of £80, so plenty enough to treat yourself to a meal out. What’s more, no need to worry about getting taxis, with no alcohol, you’re fine to drive.
In conclusion, less empty calories from alcohol, more money to enjoy trying new restaurants. What’s more, if your health, sleep & appearance improve and you lose some festive weight, then you’ll look and feel amazing!