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Why Go Dry?

Why go Dry?

Feeling a bit jaded after a too-festive Christmas season or just want to raise some money for charity by doing a “dryathlon”?

Dry January is an annual tradition for many people. Around five million Brits decide to go teetotal for a month in the year.

We all know that too much alcohol can lead to serious negative health outcomes, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even cancer. Cutting back on alcohol (or cutting it out completely) can lower your risk of an acute health emergency. But does giving up alcohol for just a few weeks really have much of an impact in the context of a lifetime’s drinking?

An experiment run by the Trust Me I’m a Doctor team showed giving up alcohol for a month can provide significant health benefits. When the guinea pigs were tested at the end of the month, the health of all those who gave up alcohol improved. Liver fat and overall weight fell, and their quality of sleep and concentration improved. The effect was more pronounced among those who usually drank over the government’s recommended limit of 14 units a week, equivalent to around six glasses of wine or six pints of beer.

When it comes to your immune system, the cumulative effect of positive health habits may be more influential than just abstaining from alcohol. Drinking too much can acutely suppress immune function, making you more vulnerable to pathogens, while chronic drinking can lead to inflammatory reactions throughout the body. Drinking less, sleeping more, and exercising more can all have a positive influence on your immune system.

In addition, after going the entire month without alcohol, the body’s red blood cells will be much healthier, resulting in better blood flow and oxygen supply to your organs. Maintaining good blood circulation is important for eye health, as it means they are better able to prevent disease and damage – including glaucoma and macular degeneration.

There are other benefits. People who do not consume alcohol are more likely to feel healthier and happier, according to Alcohol Concern.

And finally – it could also save you money. The average person in the UK spends about £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime.

So how do you get through the long, dark month of January without reaching for a delicious glass of wine?

  • Make your intentions known to family and friends. It will make the process easier if they understand why you are turning down drinks, and it will discourage them from offering you one. It may also encourage friends to do the same, giving you people with whom to enjoy non-drink related outings.
  • Try to avoid situations where you may be tempted to drink, whether it’s turning down drinks at the pub, avoiding restaurants that make your favourite cocktail, or removing alcohol from the house.
  • Keep busy. Fill the times when you would usually drink with other activities, such as the cinema or bowling.
  • Treat yourself. Replace alcohol with other things you enjoy, for example a sweet treat or tasty non-alcoholic drink, or consider using the money you save from not drinking to do a spot of shopping.

You may notice a number of improvements to the way you look and feel, you might find you have more energy, you’re sleeping better, and perhaps have even lost a bit of weight. In the long-term you will also be helping to reduce your risk of developing alcohol-related cancer, liver disease, heart disease and lowering your blood pressure.

In January, we help our guests by providing smoothies and fruit juice in the welcome pack.

Come and de-tox at the Butterfly Loft! Booking accommodation in Milton Keynes couldn’t be easier. Just call on 01908 266602 to check availability and make your reservation.

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