Dry January: the benefits of alcohol-free month!

Verified on 03/01/2024 by Alexane Flament, Editor
Dry January : les bienfaits du mois sans alcool !

Every year, many French people take up this challenge, but what are the effects of this month of abstention?

According to a recent study, not drinking a drop of alcohol for 31 days during Dry January can help reduce alcohol consumption over the long term. Find out more!

What is Dry January?

Dry January is a popular January challenge to abstain from alcohol .

This concept aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle and raise awareness of the effects of alcohol on health.

Adopted by many people around the world, this monthly challenge offers a post-festive break, promoting sobriety and enabling people to reconsider their drinking habits.

The challenge is also an opportunity to take stock of one’s alcohol consumption. Accomplishment and pride are feelings that many people feel at the end of the challenge!

From simple curiosity to the first step towards withdrawal, the trigger is very personal. More than a personal achievement, this Dry January will have long-term effects!

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Immediate health benefits

If you overindulged inalcohol over the festive period, you may have resolved on January1 to take part in the  » Dry January  » scheme launched every year in England since 2013 by Alcohol Change UK, which involves not drinking a drop of alcohol for the first month of the year!

According to a study conducted in January 2018 by the University of Sussex (England), which tracked 800 people who took part in  » Dry january « , and published on January 2, 2019, giving up alcohol for a whole month would have immediate health benefits.

In fact,  » 7 out of 10 people said they slept better and felt more energetic » , as reported in Le Figaro.

However, the benefits go further: 58% of study participants reported weight loss, 57% felt better concentration in their daily lives, and 54% noted improved skin quality.

What’s more, 90% of participants in the study confirmed that they had also made savings !

An alcohol-free January can help you drink less in the long term

The study also shows that «  simply going a month without alcohol would help people to drink less in the long term » .

According to Richard de Visser, who coordinated the study,  » in August, people reported having an extra day of abstinence per week « : 3 days with alcohol compared with 4 on average before Dry January.

Another interesting finding: participants reduced the amount of alcohol they drank on each occasion by an average of one glass.

Finally, episodes of drunkenness dropped from 3 to 2 per month. Knowing the damage alcohol can do to your health, if you missed  » Dry January « , try  » Dry February « !