American Spine Center

American Spine Center

Alcohol harms

Dry January 2022

Dry January is the UK’s one-month alcohol-free challenge. Get your fun back. Get your energy back. Get your calm back. Get your YOU back.

Why do Dry January?

What you’ll notice – see your skin get brighter, your wallet fuller, your days busier. Feel your step get bouncier, your mind calmer, your nights sleepier. Most people who do Dry January see a whole host of obvious benefits that make Dry January the perfect start to the New Year.

  • 70% of people sleep better
  • 86% of people save money
  • 65% of people notice generally improved health

On the inside – a month alcohol-free has a lot of benefits: research published in 2018, conducted by the Royal Free Hospital and published in the British Medical Journal, found that a month off:

  1. lowers blood pressure
  2. reduces diabetes risk
  3. lowers cholesterol
  4. reduces levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood

When you quit drinking after years of misusing alcohol, not only will your body begin to reverse the effects of excessive alcohol, you will simply feel better, too.

One of the symptoms of an alcohol use disorder is giving up the social activities and hobbies you once enjoyed to focus on drinking. A sober life means having more time to rediscover yourself and your passions and build a new, exciting alcohol-free life.

Health Risks of Heavy Drinking

Heavy drinking can take a heavy toll on your physical and mental health, upping your risk of the following conditions:

  1. Alcoholic hepatitis
  2. Anxiety
  3. Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  4. Cancer
  5. Cirrhosis
  6. Dementia
  7. Depression
  8. Digestive issues
  9. Fibrosis
  10. Hearing loss
  11. High blood pressure
  12. Pancreatitis
  13. Sexually transmitted disease
  14. Stroke

As the alcohol leaves your system and you begin to establish some healthy habits, you will begin to feel better—perhaps better than you have in years. Especially after you get past the temporary discomfort of alcohol withdrawal symptoms, you’ll notice increasing improvements in your physical and mental health.

 Health Benefits of Recovery

 The good news is there are many benefits of recovery from alcohol use disorder that will help you move forward with a healthier lifestyle.

 Better-Looking Skin

  1. Improved Sleep
  2. Healthier Weight
  3. Better Mental Health
  4. Improved Immunity
  5. Enhanced Nutrition
  6. Lower Risk of Cancer
  7. Reduced Cardiovascular Risk
  8. Better Memory and Thinking

 Long-term change – the real magic happens when Dry January is over. Dry January helps people to drink more healthily year-round. Research conducted by the University of Sussex has found that six months after Dry  January more than 70% of people who take on the month with Alcohol Change UK‘s support are still drinking more healthily.

On top of that, they have boosted levels of well-being, and much more besides. How can it be that just a month off has a long-term impact? Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, relax, or socialize. It helps us learn the skills we need to manage our drinking. That means that for the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about when we drink and how much, so we can avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to.

 These benefits are just beginning. The longer you go without alcohol; the more health improvements you will experience. This will include for-the-better changes in your overall health, relationships, job or schoolwork, finances, and more.

Try your best to have patience as your mind and body heals and you relearn a life without alcohol—and take pride in how far you’ve already come.

AMERICAN SPINE CENTER
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Contact us: 800-100-999
Location: Al Razi Building 64, Block F, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, UAE.

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