Dry January is a campaign encouraging people to discuss and think about how much alcohol they drink. As we near the half-way stage, how does going alcohol-free for the month affect your body?

Well there are a whole host of health benefits, some more noticeable than others, but all good and important, including weight loss, better sleep and saving money!

Cutting out alcohol allows your body to reverse and put the brakes on many of the short and long-term effects of drinking. Blood pressure will start to lower after two weeks of going alcohol-free, and eliminating the empty calories may also start to show a slight weight loss. Your eyesight may also begin to improve, as the lower blood pressure eases hypertensive retinopathy which can damage to the blood vessels in the retina.

After just 24 hours of no alcohol, your blood sugar levels will normalise and blurred vision caused by alcohol intake can disappear. A full month off the booze and the body’s red blood cells will be much healthier, resulting in better blood flow and oxygen supply to your organs.

Overall you will likely feel healthier and happier as well as seeing a real saving in your wallet! Good hydration helps quench your thirst and maintain your abstinence. Access to chilled and filtered water in the home and workplace encourages you to drink more. Instant boiling KettleTaps make fast and easy work of hot drinks and herbal teas. Here are just a few ways to find your coping mechanism!