Health ben­e­fits of no al­co­hol

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen

Dean Martin and Foster Brooks had suc­cess­ful Las Vegas night­club ca­reers based on char­ac­ters who were fun-lov­ing drunks. Once peo­ple sobered up and re­al­ized that a drunk wasn’t some­thing to laugh at, those char­ac­ters were re­tired. Now, it seems so­bri­ety is all the rage, at least for the month of Jan­uary in the U.K.

The char­i­ta­ble group Al­co­hol Change U.K. started Dry Jan­uary, which is an ini­tia­tive to get peo­ple to give up al­co­hol for the first month of the year. Peo­ple all around the world have taken part in it. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Sus­sex have found that the health ben­e­fits of ab­stain­ing for a month are far­reach­ing.

A three-times-a-year sur­vey of 2,500 peo­ple who took part in Dry Jan­uary found that ev­ery­one who took the chal­lenge re­ported higher en­ergy lev­els and health­ier body weights. Par­tic­i­pants re­duced their av­er­age num­ber of drink­ing days through­out the year from 4.3 to 3.3 days per week. On days when they did drink, con­sump­tion was down more than 10 per­cent. They also re­duced ex­ces­sive drink­ing by more than 30 per­cent. Ninety per­cent of par­tic­i­pants re­ported that they saved money, 80 per­cent felt more in con­trol of their drink­ing habits, and 70 per­cent re­ported bet­ter over­all health and im­proved sleep.

In­ter­est­ingly, the ben­e­fits from Dry Jan­uary ex­tended, although to a lesser de­gree, to those who didn’t make it through the whole month. So just giv­ing it a try can boost your health. Don’t wait un­til next Jan­uary. Test it out for Fe­bru­ary in the ol’ USA. Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Well­ness Of­fi­cer and Chair of Well­ness In­sti­tute at Cleve­land Clinic. To live your health­i­est, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.share­care.com.

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