Withdrawal can be difficult.
After that, you’ll feel reborn. Experts say even short-term abstinence can show remarkable health benefits. At this time of year, lots of folks who feel as though they’ve raised a glass far too often during the holidays dry out. They go through what has come to be known as “dry January.” Certainly for an alcoholic, dry January can serve as a starting point to gain momentum and get a handle on addiction in the New Year.
Recently, the UK-based magazine the New Scientist decided to investigate and see what quitting alcohol for such a short period meant for one’s health. They themselves became the subjects in this experiment. They found that even in such a short period such as 30-days, there are some remarkable health benefits to abstaining.
14 staff members took part in the study. Before they begin they had to fill out a health questionnaire, give a blood sample and had an ultrasound done. Four of the staff members continued drinking, ten others quit. From Eight to 64 units per week was considered normal consumption in their view. Each unit equals one 12-ounce beer, one glass of wine or one shot of spirits. Though this may seem excessive, for the British this is a normal amount, even though the National Health Service (NHS) recommends no more than 14 to 21 drinks per week.
Liver specialist Dr. Rajiv Jalan conducted an analysis on each of the participants. Liver fat for those who quit drinking fell between 15% and 20%. Fat in this organ is a precursor to liver damage. Their blood-glucose level also fell, an average of 16%. This is an indicator of diabetes. Experts say there are a lot of calories in alcohol. Quitting drinking will help you lose weight. Don’t quit by yourself if it’s a lost cause. Find the right program to make sure when you quit drinking, you stay sober.