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Why there's no better time to reassess your drinking habits

Challenging yourself to Dry January could be more crucial than ever. Linda Stewart finds out how to put your relationship with alcohol under the microscope this year

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Giving alcohol a miss can bring many benefits

Giving alcohol a miss can bring many benefits

Giving alcohol a miss can bring many benefits

As the tinsel comes down and the last of the cream is thrown out, many of us are looking ruefully at the empty bottles and wondering why we feel so weary after the holidays.

But for some, the new year is the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf and give up alcohol for Dry January - while also raising money for charity.

Alcohol Change UK, the charity behind the Dry January campaign, says a spell off the booze can bring untold benefits, including brightener skin, cleaner minds and a healthier wallet. A study by the Royal Free Hospital in 2018 revealed that an alcohol-free month will even lower blood pressure, cut diabetes risk, lower cholesterol and reduce the levels of cancer-related proteins in the blood.


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