CHARLOTTE, N.C. — We are two days into February which means the Dry January challenge is over but are people grabbing the bottle because they haven't had any alcohol for a month? Or does Dry January really help curb alcohol cravings?
The popularity of Dry January continues to increase, with an estimated one in five US adults giving Dry January a try in 2022.
Does participating in Dry January actually help the majority of people drink less during the year?
Yes, participating in Dry January does help most people drink less during the year.
WHAT WE FOUND:
According to the National Library of Medicine, the Dry January challenge started in the UK about 10 years ago. It's aimed at people who want more control over their alcohol consumption.
"Those positive feelings, sleep and the rest and the weight loss, all of it makes people feel like, hey, I don't feel like going back to this," Dr. Kohli said.
So does a month of not drinking help people lower their consumption overall? According to a study by the University of Sussex, it does. Eight hundred people took part in the Dry January study in 2018. The results showed that come August; participants were still drinking less. On average, drinking days fell from 4 days per week to 3.
"What dry January does is it doesn't make you sober for the rest of your life it makes it, so you understand control, you know your triggers, and you understand how good you feel when you are not drinking a lot," Dr. Kohli said.
Dr. Kohli tells WCNC, on average, people will lose about four and a half pounds in a month if they don't touch alcohol and add to that the fact that people are generally getting more sleep, saving money, and feeling less anxious says all that helps make people want to keep going.
"It gives you back that control so that you are not a victim of what you are drinking, but you're in control and get to decide how much you drink," Dr. Kohli said.
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