Dry January? Tips to be Successful
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- Heart damage
- Liver damage
- Increased cancer risk
- Memory issues
- Weakened immune system
- Mood disorders
- Increased daily energy
- Better sleep
- Weight loss
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Fewer cancer-linked proteins in their blood
- Be public about your goals, at least with your family and close friends. They can offer support if needed.
- Find substitutions you like. For some, non-alcoholic beer or cocktails are a tasty compromise. For others, it might mean switching to flavored sparkling water or a soft drink.
- When you get the urge to drink, have an activity in mind you can switch to. This might be a hobby, a 20-minute exercise break or a walk outside.
- Forgive yourself when you slip up. Even if your goal is to not drink at all, you might make a mistake. Don’t beat yourself up. Move past it and finish out the month. Or decide on a more moderate approach to Dry January that gives you some room to drink (a drink on the weekends, but not during the week) and still helps you drink less than you normally would.