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November 27, 2017Dry January

Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s annual campaign used to encourage people to abstain from alcohol throughout the whole of January.  The campaign was launched in 2011 – since then, the number of participants has grown steadily, with 5 million Brits going dry in January 2017.  According to Alcohol Concern, 79% of people who participated saved money (the average UK resident spends £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime); 62% felt they slept better and had more energy; and 49% lost weight through abstaining.

Consuming too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your health.  Alcohol affects almost every organ in the body. Together with an increased risk of personal injury when intoxicated, the short-term effects of alcohol abuse can also include anxiety, difficulty sleeping, depression and high blood pressure.

In the long-term, heavy drinking increases the risk of a number of serious health problems including: cardiovascular disease, including atrial fibrillation, heart disease and stroke; cancers of the mouth, throat and breast; cirrhosis of the liver; gout; depression; pancreatitis; dementia dangerously high blood pressure; and nerve damage.

To keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a minimum, it is advisable to drink no more than 14 units per week. This is the equivalent of around one and a half bottles of wine, or five pints of 5% strength beer.  Why not try Alcohol Concern’s Impact Calculator – it’s a great tool designed to help you work out how many units and calories your weekly drinking amounts to.

 

 

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