Bye Bye Hangovers! Five Reasons That’ll Convince You To Have A Dry January

Say bye to Pina Coladas and hello to pineapple juice!

Say bye to Pina Coladas and hello to pineapple juice!

A blinding headache. The room is spinning. Just the thought of something fried makes you want to run to the bathroom. If you woke up on January 1st with the hangover from hell, chances are you might be swearing off the booze in your delicate state. But do you have the willpower to go alcohol-free for a whole month?

With many of us making well-intended New Year’s resolutions to be healthier, the first four weeks of the New year are the perfect time to take part in ‘Dry January’, a fundraising initiative by Alcohol Concern, the national charity dedicated to tackling the harm caused by alcohol to individuals, families and society.

Last year, Tribe’s editor Liv attempted to give up wine, cocktails and any other alcoholic beverages for 31 days (and managed 12). But even if you don’t last a whole month, here are five reasons why cutting down on alcohol might do you some good…

 Because Your Body Deserves A Detox…

If your December looked anything like ours, you were probably dashing from one Christmas party to the next before eating and drinking yourself into a food and booze coma over the holidays. Your liver has been working overtime, so why not give your body a well-deserved break?

Because You’ll Lose Weight…

Alcoholic drinks are full of sugar and they often lead to questionable food choices when you’re hungover the next day. And how many times have you skipped the gym because you were too tired to exercise after a night out? Exactly… With getting fit and losing weight two of the most popular resolutions every year, it’s time to put the bottle away and watch the pounds fall off.

Because You’ll Save Money…

This one’s pretty obvious: Just think of all the money you safe! If we assume that you spend £15 on drinks on a moderately boozy night out, twice a week; that’s already £120 in the bank. And let’s face it, it’s realistically going to add up to more!

Because You’ll Sleep Better…

Not only does drinking often interfere with reasonable bed times, the sleep you do get is also a lot less restful as alcohol interrupts your normal cycle. Ditch the booze and you might find out you’re a ‘morning person’ after all! You’ll also likely have more energy and be able to concentrate better, so…

Because You’ll Look Healthier…

Alcohol and its high sugar content, as well as dehydrating effect, can wreak havoc on your complexion in the shape of dry patches, breakouts and – shock, horror – wrinkles. Plus, fitful sleeping patterns will slow down the cell renewal process of your skin and can leave you with dark circles under your eyes. Not a good look.

Find out more about Dry January or sign up at www.dryjanuary.org.uk.

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