Dry January: 5 reasons for doing it

Learn about Dry January and its potential impact on your life

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What is “Dry January”?

Dry January is the practice of not drinking any alcoholic drink for the entire month of January. Many of us do it as a detox practice from excessive drinking over the holidays, and it has become almost an annual tradition for a lot of people around the globe. 

Dry January Benefits

1. Change your relationship with alcohol 

We all like to drink a glass of wine from time to time to relax after a stressful day. We do this because it often provides a sense of ease and comfort. Over time though, if consuming alcohol becomes a main coping strategy, it may hide underlying anxiety or personal issues. Being forced for one month to find other tools to releaf, such as exercise or spending time in nature, bring you to question the actual need of alcohol in your life.

2. Improve your health  

Alcohol has been shown to be particularly damaging for the liver. Indeed, about half of all liver disease deaths are caused by alcohol abuse. Moreover, some preliminary studies have shown that one month without drinking improves various health markers like blood pressure, liver function tests, insulin resistance, and molecules that play a role in cancer growth. 

3. Sleep better and feel more energized.

Drinking moderate or high amounts of alcohol decreases REM sleep, the most important part of the sleep cycle because of its “restorative” function. As a consequence, Dry January may help to experience better sleep and feel better in the morning. Thus, it can help you feel more energetic and be motivated to engage in healthy habits, as a daily workout. 

 4. Stronger immune system

Drinking too much can weaken your immune system. Even one night of heavy drinking can impede your ability to fight off infections up to 24 hours later. Being your immune system so crucial in fighting COVID-19, staying away from alcohol for one month will lower the chance of experiencing strong consequences of the infection. 

5. Possible weight loss 

Even if you have a drink on weekends when you make plans with friends or family, Dry January could be a decrease in your overall caloric intake, since a standard drink typically has around 150 calories. Moreover, unlike cutting out a certain food group, excluding alcohol from your diet for a month, will not compromise on any of the fuel and nutrients your body needs to feel satiated and nourished. 

How REBO can help you accomplish Dry January

REBO is a revolutionary Smart Bottle that thanks to the the technology in its cap and the companion REBO App: 

  • tracks your water intake
  • reminds you to drink with in-app notifications and blinking LED
  • creates a customized hydration plan according to physical characteristics and updates it dynamically thanks to its integration with Apple Health and Google Fit

This personal hydration coach will make sure that you keep your hydration at the perfect level. As a direct consequence you will never feel thirsty again, which will decrease your need to pour yourself an alcoholic drink.