If drinking less is your New Year’s resolution, you aren’t alone. A Greek (as in fraternity, not Athens) guy in college once swore to me on January 2nd that he’d go sober for 365 days. Incredulous, I asked how that was possible, and he answered: “Well, not in a row.”
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But how good is one month of sobriety for your health anyway? The staff of the New Scientistattempted to answer that question, and found that avoiding alcohol for a few weeks may actually do wonders for your body.
First: 14 staff members gave blood samples and had ultrasounds done to measure the amount of fat in their livers. Next, 10 of them abstained from alcohol for five weeks, while four continued to drink normally. At the end of five weeks, they all went back to the hospital to repeat the blood work and ultrasounds.
Here’s how it played out:
Giving up alcohol for one month may significantly improve your health, though more research is required. The only real downside: Those involved in the study felt less social. So if you’re looking for an excuse to binge watch Netflix while possibly losing weight, lowering your cholesterol, and sleeping better, try going dry. Then share your results in the comments section below.