'Dry January' is the best way to start a new year, researchers say

'Dry January' is the best way to start a new year, researchers say Photo: Pixabay.

January 01, 2019 09:29 AM

If you want to keep any of your New Year's resolutions like losing weight or saving money, the trick might be a 'Dry January.'

Last year, researchers from the University of Sussex conducted a "Dry January" study. Participants didn't drink alcohol for the first month of 2018. Eight months later, participants were still drinking less on average -- about one fewer day of drinking per week.

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Researchers found 80 percent of participants say they now feel more in control of their drinking, while 71 percent realized they don’t need alcohol to have a good time.

The decline in drinking had other benefits too, with more than half of the participants reporting better sleep (71 percent), more energy (67 percent), and weight loss (58 percent).

Most claim to have generally improved their health overall and saved money.


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