London - SWEARING off the booze after the excesses of the festive season has become almost as much of a tradition as taking down the Christmas decorations.
But, surprisingly, no medical study has ever been conducted into whether a dry January – or ‘Janopause’ – has health benefits for moderate drinkers ... until now. New research shows quitting alcohol for a month can lower cholesterol, help you lose weight and improve sleep patterns and alertness – as well as giving the liver a chance to recover.
‘If someone had a health product that did all that, they’d be raking it in,’ liver health consultant Kevin Moore said.
On average, volunteers who abstained from drinking for just over five weeks shed 3.3?lb and cut cholesterol levels by five per cent and blood glucose levels by almost a quarter - indicating their fitness had improved significantly.
The research was prompted by New Scientist journalist Andy Coghlan, who regularly did the ‘Janopause’. He asked an expert what evidence there was of the benefits, and was told: ‘None.’