You may have seen my older posts about my alcohol free January. It’s something I’ve done quite a few years now, and this time it seems a lot of my friends and people on general are doing it. For me, it’s a great way to start the year and it also sets me to drink less in the following months.
A couple of different friends sent me a link to a BBC News article that states that the British Liver Trust sees no benefits in detoxing in January. According to the trust: “ Giving up alcohol or going on a detox for one month is pointless, especially after the excesses of the festive season. Instead, the British Liver Trust says drinkers should make a decision to stay off alcohol for a few days every week throughout the whole year.”
Maybe I’m just being stupid, but I really don’t see how that statement makes sense, unless you are an alcoholic or someone who actually does have something like a small glass of wine or a beer every night. In all honesty, I feel I’ve been drinking too much lately, but I certainly don’t drink every night or even every second evening. It’s more like twice a week, which still gives me five alcohol free days.
Of course, if you think that taking a month off drink allows you to cain it for the rest of the year, you are plain silly. But if I took the advice of this article, I could increase my weekly drinking, and I shouldn’t bother with my mission of an alcohol free January. Sorry, but I’m not convinced.
So here is to a booze free month, which will hopefully help me drink more in moderation when I do fancy a glass of wine or a nice G&T!
I’d love to hear your thought about the research, the detox and your relationship to alcohol in general!