This year I am going to be adding more blogs by writing about notable events. ‘Dry January’ is about us bringing awareness to our drinking habits after hitting Christmas festivities and overindulgences.
The idea behind ‘Dry January’ is that for the month of January people commit to skipping alcohol for the entire month. Us not drinking for a month can offer some major health benefits. Its appeal is to help those who have noticed a pattern in their drinking to curb how much they drink. Concerns about mental health and drinking should go hand in hand.
But it is important we continue to think about our health and our lifestyle, not just when we’re feeling under the weather or when we’re beginning to feel poorly. It is important we understand as much as we can and consider what effects alcohol has on our mental and physical state. ‘Dry January’ encourages us to think about our drinking habits.
Whilst having alcohol has become more socially accepted, some of us are becoming more reliant on it, using it to prop ourselves up, particularly in times of stress. Cutting alcohol from our lifestyle, can help improve heart and liver health.
Middle-aged drinkers are being advised to take more alcohol-free days a week in a bid to cut down on health-related risks, as part of a new campaign by health officials.
Public Health England (“PHE”) and The Drinkaware Trust, the alcohol awareness charity, will unveil drink free days through a joint campaign to help people reduce the amount of alcohol they regularly consume.
The Chief Executive of PHE, Duncan Selbie, acknowledged that whilst we enjoy the odd tipple, it’s important we monitor our alcohol consumption so that we have alcohol-free days during the week.
It’s easy to get into a habit, where we enjoy a drink, whether it’s a regular glass of wine with our dinner, or watching football on the sofa with a few beers, it’s too easy to let our drinking creep up without us realising.