Here’s what happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol for 30 days

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Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can have health benefits for your liver, heart, and body composition.

Current dietary guidelines for Americans recommend consuming alcohol in moderation — up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.

Alcohol consumption has been linked to cancers of the head, neck, esophagus, liver, breast, colon and rectum.

Many use the dry January as a motivator to start the new year alcohol-free.

But while a month’s abstinence from alcohol might seem like a trendy, short-term New Year’s resolution, it comes with several health benefits.

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“Benefits can vary from person to person depending on how much this changes from their baseline behavior,” said Dr. Rekha B. Kumar, medical director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, told Healthline.

Kumar explained that someone who is slacking off but opts for a dry January “may have a sense of control over their health or a sense of accomplishment of a goal they have set for themselves.” Meanwhile, others who drink heavily might “notice even more pronounced physiological effects, such as:

Amitava Dasgupta, PhD, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School in Houston and author of The Science of Drinking, agrees.

Dr. Dasgupta sagte, dass die Teilnahme an Dry January für gesellige und moderate Trinker keinen großen Unterschied für ihren Körper machen wird. Für Menschen, die die Empfehlungen in den Ernährungsrichtlinien für Amerikaner übertreffen, sagte er jedoch, dass der trockene Januar Veränderungen bringen könnte.


Die Richtlinien besagen, dass Alkohol in Maßen konsumiert werden sollte – bis zu einem Drink pro Tag für Frauen und bis zu zwei Drinks pro Tag für Männer.


“Studien zeigen, dass selbst wenn Sie einmal im Monat zu viel Wasser trinken, Ihr Risiko für Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen und Schlaganfälle steigt”, sagte Dasgupta. „Meine Warnung gilt nicht denen, die in Maßen trinken. Sondern denen, die zu viel trinken.“

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