What is “Dry January”?

You may be asking yourself, “What is “dry January” and why is it all over my social media?” Let’s answer those questions.

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From Martha Stewart to Valerie Bertinelli, celebrities and morning news shows are talking about “dry January.” Maybe your cousin or best friend’s brother made a flashy Facebook post, boasting their month of health and mocktails. Either way, you might have some questions.

What’s Dry January?

Dry January is a sobriety challenge for the month of January. After the holidays, many people feel they’ve overindulged. All the sweets and bloating and alcohol can compound, making the appeal of a sober month all the more enticing.

Many Americans want to reduce their alcohol intake. Experts suggest those who may be “sober curious” try something temporary like dry January. The benefits of an alcohol-free month may convince you to quit alcohol for a longer period of time, possibly indefinitely.

What are the benefits?

For starters, eliminating alcohol from your diet can improve your skin, energy, sleep habits, and diet. You’ll also save a little money. Additionally, there are health benefits- from weight loss to blood pressure improvement to a lowered risk of cancer.

If you’ve been curious about kicking the habit and corking the bottle, give Dry January a try!

Audrey Mattevi, reporting

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