Many people spend the holiday season ended now eating – and drinking – too much.
To offset some people refrain from drinking in the first month of the year. It is a trend called "Dry January" and experts say it is growing in popularity.
Tim Stockwell, director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Research in Victoria, says a month of drinking, even for social drinkers, can have real benefits.
"It is a decision that we can all do, and I think the advantage of such a thing is to discover what [alcohol] for you, "said Stockwell On the coast host Gloria Macarenko.
"Having the experience of trying to go without a month, you will also experience how important it is in our social and cultural life."
Stockwell has highlighted recent research at the University of Sussex, which found that most people who participated in the January challenges experienced long-term benefits.
For example, 88% of the participants found that they saved money; 71% slept better; 67% had more energy and 58% lost weight.
"The simple act of taking a month of alcohol helps people drink less in the long run: by August, people report an extra day a week," researcher Richard de Visser said in a statement.
Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in participants who have not managed to remain alcohol-free for the entire month – albeit a little lower. This shows that there are real benefits just to try to complete Dry January. "
Stockwell encourages people to try a month without alcohol.
"It's not just January: it's" Sober October, "it's" Dry July, "he said, adding that the trend seems to be caught with the young." We're a little bit confused about what's happening. "
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