5 reasons why you should give up alcohol for Dry January

Going sober has many benefits, explains sobriety advocate Janet Gourand.

Gourand is a recovering alcoholic and the founder of World Without Wine, a sobriety community which provides support and workshops.

As the new year kicks in, many people are quitting booze for a month as a part of the annual Dry January challenge.

Read: There's no shame in taking a break from booze, says sobriety advocate

She says taking a break from alcohol helps kickstart your health, boost your energy and freshen up your physical appearance.

Here are five other reasons why you should try partake:

  • improved sleep quality
  • gaining in time and energy levels
  • major financial savings
  • reduced blood pressure
  • better liver and gut health

Read: Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand pens moving letter on living without alcohol

According to Gourand, many people who take on the sobriety challenge often continue the year going dry as a result of increased awareness.

We ask people to select their own 31-day window.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

It makes you more aware and allows you to reset your behaviour.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Also read: You don't owe anyone an explanation for why you don't drink - sobriety advocate

People realise that they can, in fact, go for a month without alcohol and still enjoy themselves.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

If you take a month off of alcohol, you're giving your liver a holiday.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Visit the World Without Wine website to learn more about the challenge and how you can give back as a part of an annual fundraiser.

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