Weight loss, improved sleep, and increased energy are some of the health benefits of dry January.

The month-long "dry January" challenge, in which people abstain from alcohol for the whole month, has begun, and studies have shown that doing so has several health advantages, including better sleep, less weight gain, lower blood pressure, and more energy.

Alcohol Change U.K. established the popular "dry January" movement in January to encourage people to cut back on alcohol use for the whole month in the pursuit of better health.

Despite its origins in the United Kingdom, millions of Americans take part annually: CGA Strategy, a multinational data and insight consultancy, found that 35% of American people took part in the challenge in 2022, up from 21% in 2019.

The CDC reports that heavy drinkers are more likely to suffer from cancer, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, hypertension, miscarriage, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, stroke, or compromised immune system.

Researchers found that chronic drinkers who cut back on alcohol for 30 days had better energy and sleep, reduced blood pressure, cholesterol, and cancer-causing protein levels, as reported in the 2018 BMJ Open research.

A 2019 research out of the University of Sussex found that 67% of participants had more energy, 54% had better skin, 71% had better sleep, 58% dropped weight, and 90% saved money by participating in Dry January in 2018.

Dry January helps moderate drinkers, not addicts. “Clinically dependent people can die if they suddenly stop drinking,” says Alcohol Change U.K. Quitting alcohol cold turkey can trigger withdrawal syndrome, which includes nausea, vomiting, sweating, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, agitation, rapid heart rate, and tremors or shakes. It can cause convulsions, delirium, or death if neglected. Doctors provide safe medical detox.

381.5 million. That's the number of views that the TikTok hashtag #dryjanuary has. People there are always happy to share their stories, favorite mocktails, and sober suggestions.

Watch this space for further developments.