New study shows extended benefits of 'Dry January'

Kim Glovas
January 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- "Dry January," a month of alcohol-free living, is an idea that has been around for a few years. Now it appears the benefits may last longer than one month.

The latest study by some British researchers shows that giving up alcohol in January can carry through to later months, even as late as August.

Doctor David O'Gurek is with the Temple University School of Medicine. He says people who take part in Dry January activities are interested in changing their lifestyles and that might be part of the success. 

"It is really an opportunity to check yourself and look at some of the habits that you are engaging in," O'Gurek said, "and questioning perhaps, why and to what end you're using alcohol, using anything for that matter."

There's also evidence linking alcohol to cancer. 

"Damage to the liver, inflammations within the stomach and the esophagus," Dr. O'Gurek explained, "it certainly can raise the blood pressure to longer term complications from drinking, in terms of things like cyrrhosis, as well as developments of cancer."

The American Society of Clinical Oncology says alcohol is a proven cause of many cancers, and that that information is routinely ignored by most of the medical community.