There are an estimated 3.1 million people taking part in Dry January this year in the UK. This might seem an odd topic for a school site but talking about food and drink and what is good and bad is what we are all about. Alcohol clearly falls into the bad category and is not a subject to be avoided.
Drinking alcohol excessively is bad for you, making you more succeptible to heart disease, stroke, liver disease, depresion, dementia and cancer.
JUST ONE MONTH
Going alcohol free for just one month can make a big difference to a person's health and can make them look at their drinking habits more carefully.
In just one month blood glucose levels can drop by 16%
Liver fat falls by 15%
Blood colesterol drops 5%
Sleep is improved by 10%
Government guidelines on alcohol consumption state that a woman should only drink 3 units of alcohol per day and that equals just one glass of wine. For men the guide is 4 units which equals 1 1/2 pints of beer.
Unfortunately most people go well over these limits.