Less Alcohol Means a Dry January

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Participate in dry January... kick the habit of drinking to the curb for an entire month.

Participate in dry January… kick the habit of drinking to the curb for an entire month.

Marquette, MichiganJanuary 7th, 2016 – I found this article both fascinating and disturbing. How often do you run across something that fascinates you and disturbs you? I’m guessing not very often… Take a gander, and let me know what you think!

A new year is a natural time to turn over a new leaf, so why not try giving up the occasional cocktail or glass of wine — at least for a little while.

A 2013 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said 56.4 percent of adults over the age of 18 had used alcohol in the past month. Really? 56 percent?! That is disturbing..

During the month of January 2016, the British organization Alcohol Concern is encouraging people to sign up for the charity’s no-drinking challenge, dubbed “Dry January.”

Alcohol Concern says thousands worldwide have already agreed to kick the habit for 31 days.

Dr. William R. Miller, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and former co-director of its Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions, said “Dry January” is a good idea for social drinkers.

When it comes to ‘Dry January,’ Miller said, “Well, why not? There’s no health risk unless you’re a really heavy drinker and in danger of withdrawal,” he told ABC News. “There is a danger of rebounding at the end of January if you go overboard on Feb. 1st and try to make up for all the days of abstinence, but that’s probably a small risk.”

Miller added that while there aren’t many health benefits from taking alcohol out of your diet for 30 days, there are other rewards.

“It does break up the habitual pattern…Some people feel so much better that they want to continue to abstain.”

Interestingly enough, my brother is going to give dry January a try…

-Eric Scott “Mornings on 103-FXD”