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  • Jamie Lovley, LMSW

9 Reasons to Try Dry January in 2024!

Discover how Dry January can be the key to unlocking a healthier, more vibrant version of yourself in the year ahead. Cheers to a fresh start and a brighter, alcohol-free beginning to 2024! In a world where self-care takes center stage, the decision to embark on a Dry January journey is a powerful and transformative choice. As the new year unfolds, consider a month-long break from alcohol to rejuvenate your mind, body, wallet, and social connections.

  1. Better Sleep: After having a few drinks, your body doesn't get a chance to reach deep sleep, which you need to help your body de-stress, repair, and replenish itself for the upcoming day. Dry Jan will help you feel more rested and energized in the mornings.

2. Clearer Skin: High levels of salt and sugar content in alcoholic beverages may trigger the overproduction of oil in your skin. Pair this with spiking insulin levels that cause inflammation and you’ve got yourself a recipe for acne. Dry Jan is will leave your skin feeling healthier and looking more radiant.

3. Stronger Immune System: Drinking can suppress your immune function, which can make you more vulnerable to cold and flu. Frequent drinking can cause inflammation throughout the body. Dry January could help you better fight off any seasonal illnesses.

4. Less Anxiety: The day after drinking, you might have "hang-xiety," or anxious feelings that are experienced as part of a hangover. Booze can also exacerbate and over-sensitize how you respond and react to stress.

5. Mental Clarity: Alcohol consumption can contribute to a feeling of mental fog or cloudiness. Drinking affects neurotransmitters, memory formation and can impair cognitive function. Dry January allows the brain to function more clearly and efficiently.

6. Saving Money: Whether buying drinks out, or bottles from stores, the cost of alcohol can add up significantly. Alcohol consumption can also lead to impulsive spending, whether it's buying rounds for friends, ordering extra drinks, or making purchases while under the influence.

7. Social Awareness: Dry January can provide new perspectives on socializing without alcohol. Being sober during social interactions allows individuals to form more authentic connections, engage in meaningful conversations and build relationships based on genuine connections.

8. Less Headaches: Headaches are usually brought on by the dehydration that happens when you drink. They're also a classic hangover symptom that you won't have to worry about during dry January.

9. Weight Loss: One alcoholic drink is typically 200 calories, and when we drink a lot we tend to eat more than we realize as well. As a bonus, you may find that you are less bloated or puffy, which in turn will make you feel naturally leaner and better.

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