Public Health England (PHE) is endorsing Dry January, a campaign promoting no alcohol for the month of January. Polls have revealed that going without alcohol for a month has a long-term impact on drinking levels, while other studies show remarkable health benefits.
A survey of 1,500 people who took part in Dry January last year was carried out by PHE. The poll found that six months after the alcohol-free month, 67% reported that they now drink less alcohol in general. An incredible 70% said they lost weight and a further 63% said their sleeping had improved.
Dr Yvonne Doyle (from PHE) said that people tend to drink more than usual over the festive period and after many nights of excess alcohol, often want to stay away from it.
“It’s not surprising that many of us feel ready to take a break from alcohol. A period of abstinence could help encourage less harmful, better drinking habits in the long term – even six...