5th December 2019

Dry January – a healthy way to start a decade

By Dominic Perry, Cert CII
Account Handler
Mocktails for dry January

As the beginning of a new year is fast approaching, many people will start thinking about the resolutions they want to stick to.

Gyms will see their annual surge in membership, people will try and put away the junk food or unhealthy office snacks, some will consider quitting smoking and others will review their alcohol habits.

Dry January is one way to do this. The initiative has been around since 2013 and encourages people to put down the bottle for a month to help reset the relationship many of us have with alcohol. Why not try encouraging your employees to partake in Dry January? You’ll see how much of a difference it can make to not only to their health but also the productivity of your workforce. You may also find your staff take fewer sick days and generally feel healthier.

By staying alcohol-free for a month, research has proven that people experienced lower blood pressure, reduced diabetes risk, lower cholesterol and reduced levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood*. People are also reporting to have slept better, lost weight and saved money.

Why not use the Dry January app within teams and see which team comes out on top? This will help employees stay motivated if they’re relying on each other and will tap into that competitive edge.

While giving up or cutting down on alcohol during January is always a positive thing, what about for the rest of the year? Are all the work and health benefits now lost as people fall back into old habits?

Not necessarily - studies have shown that people are drinking less several months after January**, which means it has a longer term benefit for you and your staff.

Whether you choose to do Dry January or simply cut down on your alcohol intake all year round, the benefits are plentiful. For more information, click here.

 

* https://www.royalfree.nhs.uk/news-media/news/short-term-abstinence-from-alcohol-leads-to-rapid-decrease-of-cancer-relate/

** http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/47131