According to recent British research, giving up alcohol for just one month may bring lasting health benefits. Researchers report that people who didn’t drink the whole of January in 2018 had higher energy levels and healthier body weight.
For research, a team of scientists analyzed data collected during Dry January initiative through online surveys. In total, the researchers examined data from 2,821 participants.
The lead researcher Dr. Richard de Visser from the University of Sussex says: “The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term; by August, people are reporting one extra dry day per week. There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in 10 people save money, seven in 10 sleep better, and three in five lose weight.”
A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China finds that moderate drinking may slow the decline of ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
For their study, the scientists analyzed the data of 80,081 Chinese men and women whose average age was 49 years. The participants were divided into five groups: never, past, light, moderate, and heavy drinkers. Moderate drinking was defined as 0.5-1 drink a day for women and 1-2 drinks a day for men.
The researchers found that moderate drinkers had a slower decline in HDL than never-drinkers and heavy-drinkers. They also found that HDL levels fell more slowly in people drinking beer.
Meeting the recommended amount of physical activity may offset some of the cancer and all-cause mortality risk connected to alcohol consumption, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests.
In their survey, the team of researchers included data from the responses to nationally representative health surveys in England and Scotland, where each was linked to cause-specific mortality, for the years 1994, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2006.
Having analyzed the given data, scientists concluded that the risk of death had increased or decreased depending on the level of physical activity.
People were more likely to die from cancer and alcohol intake rose from within the recommended limits up to harmful levels and they didn’t meet the minimum recommended levels of 7.5 MET/hour (Metabolic Equivalent of Task).