Here is how ‘Dry January’ can help and hurt you

Story at a glance ‘Dry January’ a commitment to abstain from alcohol for the first month of the year has grown in popularity in the U.S.   Health experts agree

that abstaining from alcohol has many health benefits from weight loss, better skin and better sleep.   Experts urge heavy drinkers to talk to their doctors first before

quitting booze suddenly.   It’s January, a time when millions of people are trying to improve themselves by taking on better habits or breaking bad ones.  

One trend that has caught on in recent years is Dry January, or the practice of abstaining from alcohol for 31 days.   British charity Alcohol Change UK launched the

first Dry January campaign in 2012 as a “break and total reset for the body and mind.”  America is changing faster than ever! Add Changing America to your Facebook

or Twitter feed to stay on top of the news. Since then, the initiative has spread outside of the U.K. with thousands taking on the pledge. And while committing to

cutting out booze can be a challenge, there are some real benefits to taking a break from drinks.   Last year, 35 percent of legal-aged U.S. adults took part in Dry

January, according to surveys from food and drink research firm CGA.   Here are the benefits to trying out a ‘dry’ month for the sober-curious:  Clearer skin and

a smaller waistline  Even for light drinkers, or someone who has 3 drinks or fewer a week, forgoing alcohol for a month will have some immediate cosmetic benefits. Alcohol

dehydrates the body and takes a serious toll on the skin causing dryness and dark undereye circles among other things.