Originally, the “Dry January” Challenge goes back to the awareness campaign of the organization Alcohol Change UK. “Dry January” began to be a focus in 2012 on the dangers of alcohol, and addictive behavior. Initially, 4000 people took up the Challenge, today there are millions of them, which either renounce for a good purpose, or for yourself in January the alcohol.

What happens to the body when abstaining from alcohol?

In a study about the benefits of short-term abstinence confirm to researchers that even a one-month alcohol waiver can make a big difference. In the case of people who usually drink moderately to a lot, you have observed the following health changes:

participants took in an average of two kilograms, the blood pressure fell after a month to five ProzentDas risk of Diabetes increased by 30 ProzentDas immune system will be strengthened

The liver was able to recover

it is Unclear how long the benefits

hold the results of The research have a Reservation: you can make no concrete statements about how the long-term effects of this experiment, especially if you drink after alcohol break the same as before.

Also moderate Drinking is more dangerous than you suspected. Already a daily glass seems to shorten the life time. This is a current research work of the University of Cambridge in the UK suggests.


participants who have already alcohol in masses, read more the benefits will not even notice this in the same mass. Even more, it is difficult to say whether the people feel after the Challenge, really just because of the Alcohol, the better. In January people tend to pay attention more on their health, by encouraging, for example, eat healthier food, and sports.

Because of the short alcohol waiver relieves the body only for a short time, it is recommended by the health experts to keep the alcohol consumption to a “Dry January” to a Minimum.

Changes in consumer behavior

During the long-term health benefits is unclear, but it could be enough a month to change the drinking behavior in a sustainable way. The study suggests that the proportion of individuals who showed before the abstinence of dangerous drinking behavior decreased in six to eight months after the “Dry January” by about 50 percent.

While the researchers suggest that this short-alcohol break, Thought-provoking, and the drinking behaviour also in the long term could affect non-rich in this study, to confirm definitely. It could also be that the participants have after a month of “Detox” feeling that you have done to your body enough Good, and back in old patterns fall.

First of all, he inspires the mood, makes you happy, reduces your inhibitions. Then at some point the effect of the tilt: It fatigue, drowsiness, impaired motor skills, and even headaches to vomiting to follow.

alcohol has two faces, a good and a bad thing – it’s all a matter of Measure. What happens in our body when we approve a SIP of beer? In the stomach and small intestine, the alcohol is absorbed, i.e., he enters into the blood circulation. The liver has the task of the substance through the urine, breath and Sweat to expel. Via the bloodstream makes alcohol a detour to the brain. The two-good hormones dopamine and Endorphin are released – is a joy to see.

From here it gets dangerous: those Who don’t stop now, overwhelmed his liver, and the orderly removal of the alcohol, is also liver toxic. This docks in the brain to specific receptors in the Central nervous system. The consequences of inhibited movement, impaired blood circulation and effects on the stomach, head, and General well-being. The happiness falls into misery.

find the Problem and help

Therefore, it is important that the consumption of alcohol remains even after the Challenge is a theme. With “Dry January” offers the opportunity for the relationship to alcohol, to question and addiction behavior thus to be found to counteract and Alternatives.

If you realize that the alcohol in everyday life is missing, that could be a sign of addictive behavior – in this case, it is advisable to get professional help. (chj)

Avoid situations, towns, and activities, which can lead you to Drink – at least until you have enough self-awareness to say no to a beer or propose Alternatives no alcohol involved for you to communicate your projects clearly and do not be ashamed for you to let friends and family support – maybe even someone close to you anAchten on a balanced diet of fresh air and exercise do the body good

Analyze your drinking habits and find a replacement