The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr Richard de Visser, was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018. The results show that Dry January participants are still drinking less in August. They reported that:
drinking days fell on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week;
Units - Drinking - Day - Average
units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1;
frequency of being drunk dropped from 3.4 per month to 2.1 per month on average.
Dr - Richard - Visser - Reader - Psychology
Dr Richard de Visser, Reader in Psychology at the University of Sussex, said:
"The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week. There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight.
Changes - Alcohol - Consumption - Participants - Month
"Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn't manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month -- although they are a bit smaller. This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January."
The University of Sussex research showed that:
% - Participants - Sense - Achievement
93% of participants had a sense of achievement;
88% saved money;
% - Deeply - Relationship - Drink
82% think more deeply about their relationship with drink;
80% feel more in control of their drinking;
76% learned more about when and why they drink;
71% realised they don't need a drink to enjoy themselves;
% - Health
70% had generally improved health;
71% slept better;
% - Energy
67% had more energy;
58% lost weight;
% - Concentration
57% had better concentration;
54% had better skin.
Dr - Richard - Visser - Findings - Online
Dr Richard de Visser's findings come from three self-completed online surveys: 2,821 on registering for Dry January; 1,715 in the first week...
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