Benefits of going a month without alcohol

Among the New Year’s resolutions related to wellness—lose weight, exercise, eat healthier—an import from Britain has taken root. It’s Dry January, also known as Drynuary, a month-long pledge to forgo alcoholic beverages. The challenge launched seven years ago; last year, 4 million people participated, according to organizer Alcohol Change UK. Turns out the reprieve can yield longer-lasting benefits. According to a study published Dec. 28 from researchers in England, avoiding alcohol for a month can reduce blood pressure, lead to weight loss, improve insulin resistance and reduce levels of a protein that’s been linked to cancer. Other benefits include a sense of achievement, money savings and better feelings of self-control.