20th January 2021
Dry January at The Orangery
Dry January is sweeping UK new year’s resolutions. According to 'Kantar', “A recent Lightspeed survey found that 17% of the UK (20% of men and 14% of women) intended to take part in ‘dry January’ in 2019.” There are many reasons for this including losing weight, saving money and resetting their bodies. However, the health benefits should not be ignored. Especially given the recent pandemic, a popular benefit is boosting your immune system.
According to 'Self', “When it comes to your immune system, the snowball effect of positive health habits may be more influential than just abstaining from alcohol. While 'Koob' suggests that, 'Being intoxicated can acutely suppress immune function, making you more vulnerable to pathogens, while chronic drinking can lead to inflammatory reactions throughout the body. While there isn't data to suggest that ditching booze can protect you from the flu, it's reasonable to assume that drinking less, sleeping more, and exercising more can all have a positive influence on your immune system.”
If you’re thinking of going dry for January, we have some tips to help you:
• Try switching to mocktails using fresh fruit juices. They’ll tastes just as sweet without the health effects. Our head chef loves a cranberry mocktail.
• Opt for a no-alcohol beer if you enjoy your lagers. Many major producers offer bottled varieties.
• If you like wine, consider a switch to sparkling water or non-alcoholic wine. While there are not nearly as many options, the flavour has improved over the years.
• Best of all, plan to attend events where drinking is uncommon. Live sporting events and church outings are good options.
•Lastly, tell a trusted friend that you’re taking the pledge before you dive in. They can support you if the going gets tough and keep you accountable.
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