Sober October 2019 and Dry January 2020 attracted over 4 million challengers. Were you one of them?
If you were, I would love to know how you got on. If you weren’t and are thinking
- Can I do it?
- I’m not sure I have the willpower to do it, or even
- Why should I do it
Firstly, let me reassure you – yes, you can do it. If you want some advice on how just book a call and let’s have a chat.
But, if you’re not sure why, I want to share some of the real benefits you will get from going ‘dry’.
What Is Sober October and Dry January?
Sober October is a campaign that takes pace, well – every October! And, believe it or not, Dry January happens every January.
That means Dry January is just around the corner.
So, if you have ever considered taking a break from alcohol, but wondered if it was worth sacrificing your Sauvignon Blanc for a whole month….
Here are some of the reported benefits from that those who have previously undertaken the Sober October and Dry January challenges.
1. You Will Have More, and Better Quality Sleep
Whilst we may find that nothing quiet relaxes us like a glass of our favourite tipple it seems that the opposite is the case.
Many studies have shown that whilst alcohol is a sedative and may help us nod off quickly from there the problem starts in that the quality of our sleep is effected.
Alcohol is said to have an effect on our REM (rapid eye movement) the part of our deep sleep.
The more we have to drink the more disruptive the effects.
So, one of the benefits people find in doing Sober October or Dry January is that their sleep improves, and they experience a more refreshing sleep.
2. You Will Lower Your Sugar Intake
Considering how much sugar we consume through alcohol may not be something you have thought of before but there can be many spoons of the white stuff in our glasses.
How does this help us?
Well there are many ways from weight gain as sugar stores are kept as fat to more energy from not having the highs and lows of sugar rushes.
3. You Will Have More Pennies in Your Pocket
Perhaps an obvious one but in the UK, we spent an extra 160m on alcohol in the three weeks to lockdown compared to the same period the previous year.
The average drinker in the UK one report stated consume over 100 bottles of wine per year.
What would you do with your savings from Sober October?
4. You Will Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Alcohol raises our blood pressure and long term this raised blood pressure may lead to heart disease.
5. You Will Boost Your Immune System
Never more than at the moment we are conscious of keeping our immune system healthy.
Research shows that alcohol can have a detrimental effect on our immune system by negatively effecting our infection fighting cells.
These are just some of the reported benefits of taking a break from alcohol but may not be that easy to do with 30 percent of Dry January challengers not making it past 10th January.
There is no need however to struggle alone if you would like to take a break and discover some benefits for yourself.
I would be happy to chat. Why not book a call and I can help you me see what they are for you.