Dry January, Do You Take Part?

Written by APHP

July 24, 2023

DRY JANUARY – ARE YOU TAKING PART?
 
What is Dry January?
 
Dry January is a 31 day alcohol free challenge which aims to encourage people to recognise the benefits of cutting out alcohol from their lives or at least reducing their consumption.  
 
Effects of alcohol
 
Alcohol can affect your physical and mental health in many ways, such as (Drink Aware, 2022):

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  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Affects sleep
  • Excess sugar intake
  • Irritates digestive system
  • Increase risk of heart disease
  • Liver problems
  • Weight gain
  • Dehydrates skin
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Body odour
  • Increased risk of diseases such as: pancreatitis, bowel cancer, breast cancer, liver disease, diabetes, mouth, throat and voice box cancer.
  • Increase risk to mental health – depression, anxiety, reduced inhibitions, addiction, suicidal thoughts, aggression.
Benefits of cutting out or reducing alcohol consumption (Well being Info 2022)
 
  • Sleep better
  • Save money
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces cancer related proteins in the blood
  • Improved general health
  • Increase in energy
  • Reduces risk of life limiting conditions
Do you need some support?
 
If you are struggling with the effects of alcohol, are concerned that you are addicted or have a problem with binge drinking, then talking to a trained therapist could help you work through the reasons behind why you drink.  The APHP and the NRPC have a list of qualified therapists who could support you through any challenges you are facing.  Get in touch with someone who you feel is suitable and see how they could help you gain control of your life and support you in improving your health.
 
 
Best wishes
Hayley McAuley
Psychotherapist
 
 
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Published : Jul 24, 2023