This week sees the last few days of the first month of the New Year! If you’re a Dry January kind of person and you’ve kept dry, then we’d like to say how very well you’ve done.
It’s certainly an achievement. Britain is a nation awash with adverts and social pressures to drink. It’s in the British culture.
But there are many reasons to ignore those pressures and do what you know is best for you. If you’ve felt good about not drinking any alcohol this month, why not extend your not drinking for another month, or even try it for a year. Many people who have sworn off the booze find they feel much fitter, have a clearer mind, sleep much more soundly, get better-looking skin and brighter eyes, lose weight – plus they have more time and money.
When you look at it, although for many people it’s a great social relaxer, there are also some pretty stark facts. Such as long-term alcohol drinking ups the chance of lots of terrible health diseases, like stroke; pancreatitis; heart disease; liver disease; as well as cancers of the liver, bowel and mouth. If you’re a drinker your body’s immune system is not so strong at fighting off any viral infection you pick up. Then if you’re trying for a baby, alcohol makes it less likely that you will conceive.
So if you are feeling a great sense of achievement at a Dry January, just imagine what it would feel like if you achieved a Dry 2019…? Everything is possible if you set your mind to it.