Taking part in Dry January helps people to regain control of their drinking, have more energy, have better skin, and lose weight, according to the University of Sussex.
The study was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018.
According to the University of Sussex, the research showed that:
- 93 percent of participants had a sense of achievement;
- 88 percent saved money;
- 82 percent think more deeply about their relationship with drink;
- 80 percent feel more in control of their drinking;
- 76 percent learned more about when and why they drink;
- 71 percent realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves;
- 70 percent had generally improved health;
- 71 percent slept better;
- 67 percent had more energy;
- 58 percent lost weight;
- 57 percent had better concentration; and
- 54 percent had better skin.
Does Dry January have long-term benefits?
Dr Richard de Visser, a reader in psychology at the University of Sussex, said: “The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week. There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight.”
Dr Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Change UK, added: “The brilliant thing about Dry January is that it’s not really about January. Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialise. That means that for the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about our drinking, and to avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to.”
What if your Dry January is not totally alcohol-free?
De Visser commented: “Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month – although they are a bit smaller. This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.”