GNN: Well, this research from last year shows that taking part in “Dry January”—a New Year’s challenge in which people abstain from drinking booze for a month—helps people to regain control of their drinking, have more energy, improve their skin, quit smoking, lose weight, and drink less during the following months. The research, led by University of Sussex psychologist Dr. Richard de Visser, was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January back in 2018—and the results show that the participants were still drinking less in August. They reported that the average amount of participants’ drinking days fell from 4 to 3 per week; their average amount of drinks per drinking day fell from 8.6 to 7.1; and the average amount of times they reported being drunk dropped from 3 times per month to 2. “The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August, people are reporting one extra dry day per week,” said Visser.
“There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight,” he added. “Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month—although they are a bit smaller. This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.”