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It’s a Beautiful Day (Month) to be Sober: Dry January

What is Dry January: For some of us in the colder states it really is not the most beautiful month.

Info-Graphic: How much drinking is enough?

Reframe: An app that “helps build healthier drinking habits”

Other News: Mental health crisis of American teens. Does the US Intelligence community suffer from a pattern of trauma? Apparently physical strength and mental health have a correlation in adolescents. Ever wondered why you remember certain things over others? Is smoking messing with your head?

Brain Fog

So what could make January more beautiful than experiencing it with all your mental faculties and consciousness in tact, perhaps being sober? Before you close the tab, hear me out. Drinking honestly does cause more harm than it does good. We’ve come to know it as a “social lubricant” but by looking at the benefits of just ditching the bottle for one month, maybe it’s more toxic than the intoxicant soothes us to believe. This letter makes the case for trend of those who opt out from the partaking of liquor in the month of January.

What is Dry January?

  • Dry January is an initiative started by an organization called Alcohol Change UK, benefits include. It is their registered trademark since 2014. It officially lasts for all 31 days of January.-
    • Weight loss
    • Saving of money
    • Increased focus
    • Increased hydration
    • Reduction of acid reflux
    • Reduced risk of cancers, strokes and heart disease.
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Could help in cutback of drinking throughout the year
    • Helps your liver

Who Participates?

  • National partners include Switzerland, Germany, Norway, France and the US.
  • According to Morning Consult in a study of 2,200 Americans, 13 percent of participants participated in dry January.
    • Of those participants 79% claimed they wanted to have a healthier lifestyle.
    • 72% claimed they wanted to drink less alcohol.
    • 63% wanted to reset their drinking
    • 49% claimed they were drinking too much during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 35% of Americans took part in Dry January according to CGA
    • 74% of participants succeeded in staying away from alcohol for the moth of January.

Info-Graphic

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Alcohol Change

These are the healthy guidelines for proper alcohol consumption. The healthy limit is 14 units for both men and women. Lesser amounts of spirits or liquor go a lot farther than wine or beers. As highlighted, if pregnant it remains best to stay away from liquor. However be aware of how alcohol interferes with taken medications.

Reframe

The creators of this app, Reframe claim to address drinking habits with science instead of stigma. The creator contends that the program was developed by leading experts in mental health and medicine.

How it Works?

  • The app offers brief reads and contexts concerning sobriety and consumption habits. They also offer short reads for daily motivations not to drink.
  • The app provides logs for stress and appetite.
  • Offers communal approach to coping by facilitating a forum and online community devoted to encouraging sobriety
  • It provides journaling, educational tools, diversions to cravings, interactive exercises, breathing tools, and affirmations.
  • Provides coaches through texting and zoom calls.
  • 91% of app users note a decrease in alcohol consumption after 3 months
  • Offers recorded and live video courses.

How Much it Costs?

  • Baseline is $8 a month or $60 a year. Costs my increase depending on usage of app.

Other News

Teen Crisis: Follow this link to listen to the state of mental health of modern American teens.

Central Emotion Agency: This NPR segment highlights the path and issues that follow the intelligence officers of the US.

The Physical Brain: This article makes the case for physical training and engagement with adolescents to combat mental health deficiencies. At least it presents research to support a correlation between the two.

Sleep and Memories: This source discusses the process of the brain’s memory consolidation during sleep. It claims certain memories are forgotten because of similarities found amongst other memories. The main topic here being that certain memories are “deleted” or at least forgotten during sleep.

Parent-Child Trauma: This article touches on the topic of how smoking may affect memories in mid-life. Those who smoked experienced higher levels of memory loss than those who did not.

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