We've all thought about it, but some of us never actually go through with it, but taking part in the dryathlon is actually very good for you, and we're going to show you how.
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With the festive period encouraging us to consume way more alcohol than we normally would, January is definitely a good time to give up on the stuff entirely and go sober. Not to mention the fact we're nearing that dreaded time of the month between one pay cheque and the next where things really start to get tight, so passing on the odd pint here and there will not only save you a few quid, but it'll provide you with a bunch of positive health benefits, to boot.
So with that in mind, we thought we'd shed some light on Cancer Research's Dry January, Dryathlon scheme and why you and your pals really ought to get involved!
What's Dryathlon all about?
I know a no alcohol January may seem like a tough task, but when you're weighing up the pros and cons, the pros win hands down.
Dryathlon is an extremely worthwhile excuse to ditch the booze for a month, save yourself a few quid, feel a load healthier and most importantly: raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Why Should I Give Dryathlon a Go?
Firstly, you're guaranteed to feel more alert, energetic and more inclined to get up and do stuff, instead of lounging around and generally feeling crap. The main reason for this is that alcohol can interfere with your sleep, meaning the quality of your kip is lower compared with say someone who's been off the booze for a couple of weeks.
Secondly, taking a month off the booze will allow your liver to repair from all the clog you've probably given it during the festive period. According to the NHS it's advisable to take a 2-day break after a heavy session to avoid long-term liver damage.
What Happens After January?
It can be easy to slip straight back into old habits as soon as Dry January is over, however it's also a good time to step back and realise just how much healthier you feel, the amount of money you'll have saved and, of course, all the unproductive days you'll have avoided.
Cutting out alcohol completely can be tough; if you're looking for ways to cut down on your consumption consider halving the alcohol content in your drink by switching lager for shandy or opting for a small glass of wine over a large. Similarly, avoid the temptation of having a drink during the week by making sure you don't store any alcohol at home.
What Health Risks Do I Face If I Drink Too Much?
In serious cases, regular consumption of alcohol can contribute to a range of different health issues ranging from strokes to liver disease. It also increases your chances of being injured or involved in an accident. Not to mention the fact that alcohol is high in calories contributing to weight gain.
While no level of alcohol consumption is necessarily 'safe', it's advised you stick to the government's guidelines of no more than 2 units a day for men and 1 unit for women.
If you fancy getting involved with Dryathlon and raising money for Cancer Research UK, or just giving Dryathlon a go, then be sure to sign up here.