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“Muito interessante!
Ano novo, vida nova.
Metas internacionais para diminuição das taxas para consumo de bebidas alcoólicas.
O Brasil, não está fazendo o dever de casa.
Cada dia é um dia!
Não é um trabalho árduo e antigo que se prolongará para sempre, é um dia de cada vez.
Incentive amigos ou colegas a participar, lidere!
Livre-se de qualquer álcool em casa para remover a tentação.
Socialize, mas tome um suco, água ou até um refrigerante.
Experimente um novo “hobby” – seja exercitando ou ingressando em um clube de tricô.
Novas interações sociais ou passatempos tirarão sua mente do álcool.
Experimente versões sem álcool. De drinks à cerveja, existem alternativas saborosas a qualquer bebida que você goste, menos as ressacas.
Alguns optam por postar nas mídias sociais ou dizem a seus companheiros que estão fazendo o Dry January.
Dessa forma, é menos provável que você desista no primeiro obstáculo.
Aproveite! Manhãs frescas e nenhum texto bêbado fazem parte da alegria do Dry January.
Observe tudo o que você não sente falta de beber, e não apenas o que você sente que está perdendo.”


It’s easy to think of Dry January – a time when people give up alcohol for a month – as something that can’t make a real difference to your wellbeing. It’s just a month, after all. How much can change? Quite a lot, it turns out. Taking a month off from alcohol poses major benefits for your wellbeing, even if you don’t plan to keep up your sobriety once the month is done.

In fact, you can see benefits just a week into the challenge.

Here’s the good you’re doing by committing to Dry January, week by week.

Week one: Improved sleep, better hydration, and more energy

Priory Group’s addictions expert Dr Niall Campbell explains that within a week of ditching alcohol, your sleep will improve.

This is because getting drunk means you typically fall straight into a deep sleep and skip the important rapid eye movement (REM) phase, giving you one to two cycles of REM sleep rather than the recommended six to seven cycles a night.

It’s worth noting that in the first week of Dry January you might find it harder to drift off – but while you might get fewer hours of rest they’ll likely be of a higher quality.

Alcohol use influences sleeping patterns and it can take time to adjust to a normal sleep cycle that isn’t induced by booze. Plus, withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and restless legs may keep you up at night.

It’s vital to try to get through the first week without depending on alcohol or other medication for slumber so you can tackle the issue of insomnia rather than masking it, then go on to enjoy the benefits of improved sleep that comes with sobriety.

Along with better sleep, your first week sober will see your body become more hydrated.

Dr Campbell says: ‘When drinking alcohol, you lose around four times as much liquid as what you actually consumed.

‘Giving up alcohol can help you stay hydrated, which is beneficial for your brain. Your mood and concentration will be more stable, and headaches are likely to decrease.

‘You also won’t suffer from effects of dehydration such as lack of motivation and increased fatigue, so will have more energy throughout the day.’

Week two: Better digestion and less irritation

Within a fortnight of Dry January, along with better sleep and more hydration you may also notice a reduction in tummy pain, nausea, and digestive issues.

Alcohol is an irritant to the stomach lining, so ditching it will give your body time to heal.

Dr Campbell also says by week two you’ll start losing weight thanks to giving up alcohol’s empty calories.

She says: ‘If you were to stop drinking six 175ml glasses of wine per week, you would have saved 1,920 calories at this point, and 2,160 if you’d stopped drinking around six pints of lager.’

Week three: Reduced blood pressure

After three alcohol-free weeks, your blood pressure will start to reduce.

This is a pretty major deal, as high blood pressure – also known as hypertension – is a key cause of stroke and heart attack.

Heavy drinking is linked to hypertension in all genders, so reducing your intake or quitting entirely can do a world of good.

Week four: Better skin, improved liver function, and weight loss

Making it to the end of Dry January (although this doesn’t have to be the end of your sobriety) will mean you actually notice some differences in the way you look and feel.

Dr Campbell explains: ‘Your boosted hydration levels will have a positive effect on your skin. As more water will have been absorbed rather than wasted, you are likely to have more hydrated-looking skin, as well as reduced dandruff and eczema.

‘Removing alcohol from your diet for four weeks can also help to improve your liver function, as your liver will start to shed excess fat. If your liver function is not too badly affected by alcohol, it can recover within four to eight weeks.

‘By the end of Dry January, you are likely to have reduced your calorie intake by 3,840 for the month if you used to drink six glasses of 175ml wine a week, or 4,320 calories over the month if you used to drink six pints of lager a week.’ You’ll also have saved quite a bit of money and your sex life will have improved.

And beyond

It’s common sense, really. If you keep avoiding alcohol you’ll continue to see more benefits.

If you’re enjoying Dry January, there’s no reason to stop. One month sober doesn’t have to be the end of your journey.

And if you’re concerned about your relationship with alcohol, there’s no harm in extending your break from the booze. Doing Dry January might make you reflect on how much you drink and why.

The reality is that while Dry January can absolutely make a difference, some of us may need to commit to sobriety more fully.

Dr Campbell says: ‘Dry January makes many people pause and think about their drinking habits, and where they do most of their drinking – after work, at office functions, at home. As a concept, it’s partly based on the premise of social contagion. You’ll find more people not drinking in January than at other times. That herd mentality can be supportive.

‘But if people have a serious alcohol problem, being ‘dry’ for just one month doesn’t cut it. Very often, if men and women ‘white knuckle’ it through January not drinking, they are back on the booze with a vengeance afterwards. They are not looking at the impact on their work, their relationships.

‘I know compulsive drinkers who have stopped for several Januarys in years gone by, but just counted the days until February. They are drinking enough to affect their lives and for people around them to notice – a work colleague, a spouse, a friend. That’s the test.

‘They think ‘because I have stopped, I can stop anytime’. It’s rarely the case.


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