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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Here’s Why You Should Go “Dry” In January

Posted By: Advancing Care

Reviewed by Tera Colavito, LCSW

As we usher in a new year, many are embracing the idea of an alcohol-free "Dry January.” Whether you're considering a temporary break from alcohol or contemplating a more lasting change, the benefits of reducing or eliminating alcohol from your life extend far beyond the physical.

Dry January

The top benefits:

  • More restful nights as alcohol disrupts the sleep cycle
  • Easier weight management with alcoholic beverages often being high in calories
  • Improved mental health; alcohol can impact your mood and exacerbate feelings of anxiety, depression or irritability
  • Enhanced liver function
  • A boosted immune system

Tips to help you stay alcohol-free

  • Set clear goals
  • Communicate your intentions with friends and family. Having a support system encourages accountability and understanding.
  • Find alcohol-free social activities
  • Educate yourself on the health benefits of reducing alcohol consumption.
  • Celebrate milestones. Small victories can reinforce your commitment and boost your confidence.

Cutting down on alcohol is a personal decision that can lead to profound improvements in both physical and mental health. Whether you're taking on “Dry January” or considering a more enduring change, the benefits are numerous, and the path to a healthier lifestyle is within reach.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a more severe condition of alcoholism or drug abuse, Bon Secours Community Hospital's and Good Samaritan Hospital's behavioral health services can assist. Call 845.368.5242 for Admissions for Rehabilitation or visit Behavioral HealthDetox services can be accessed through the emergency room.

In another area? Services are also available in:

Kingston: 845.943.6091
Poughkeepsie: 845.483.5511
Valhalla: 914.493.7076