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What Experts Say About The Benefits Of Dry January

January 2019Words by Mr Max Wallis

Illustration by Mr Pete Gamlen

After the excess of Christmas, January is an ideal time to reset and rethink our relationship with alcohol. A year ago, I decided to stop drinking. Not because I was an alcoholic, but because I suddenly became aware, in my late twenties, of how much of my life I was wasting being hungover. And it wasn’t as hard as I had imagined. Mr Keith Richards has recently dialled down the booze, and if he can do it, then anyone can.

Drinking in moderation, of course, is a joy for many people. But if you are considering doing Dry January – and according to a YouGov poll, 3.1 million Brits took up the challenge in 2018 – here are a few things to know about how your body and mind will change during that period to help you decide. And who knows? You might make like Mr Richards and kick the sauce for good.