West Texans wonder, What is dry January?
It's the beginning of a brand-new shiny year and you are looking for ways to start the year healthier so you scroll through the internet and social media for ideas and you keep seeing "Dry January", what does "Dry January" even mean? Simply explained, it is not drinking any alcoholic beverages for the entire month of January, 30 days with out any alcohol, that seems achievable, but what are the benefits? Studies suggest that 30 days without alcohol can help with, Weight Loss, Sleep, Energy, and your wallet
Depending on how much alcohol you drink determines how abstinence from drinking will benefit you. Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults generally means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. There are a few benefits from moderate drinking so abstinence may or may not help, besides the calorie intake. But Heavy or Binge Drinkers are a different story. Heavy or high-risk drinking is defined as more than three drinks on any day or more than seven drinks a week for women and for men older than age 65, and more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks a week for men age 65 and younger according to Mayo Clinic. Which significantly increases your chances of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, liver disease and suicide (alcohol is a known depressant), so the benefits of a 30 day Dry January are very beneficial for many!
Always remember to always check with your Doctor to see what is right for you and to always drink responsibly.
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