You may have heard of Dry January, you might even be taking part!
Today we’re sitting down with our Clinical Director of Medical Services GP Dr Tang to discuss his top tips for a successful dry January.
Dr Tang said: “Giving up alcohol all in one go can be a challenge, but the health benefits are great.
“If you haven’t already started, it doesn’t mean that you can’t start now and see the results. Carry on reading to find out my top tips!”
1. Find an alternative
Dr Tang said: “Finding an alternative non-alcoholic drink that you enjoy is a great way to stay focused during Dry January.
“A lot of people use alcohol as a way to wind down, de-stress and socialise therefore still having a go to drink is a great option. Where possible try to choose something low in sugar and decarbonated, but make sure you still view it as a treat.”
2. Spend more time on hobbies
Dr Tang continued: “Like eating, drinking alcohol can be a way to kill some time. To reduce the urge to pick up an alcoholic drink, spend time on your hobbies.
“If you haven’t got a hobby, now is the time to start. Whether it’s an active hobby or a musical hobby, there’s so much to do.”
3. Make your health a priority this month
Discussing his final tip for Dry January, Dr Tang said: “January is a great time for a health reset. If you’re looking to cut out alcohol from your diet, why not look at how you can be increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables along with essential vitamins and minerals?
“Many of us in January also consider how active we are, you could also look at increasing your number of steps taken every day and take part in exercise a couple of times a week.”
Concluding the interview, Dr Tang said: “If you’re feeling unwell and want to speak to a doctor about your symptoms you can book a GP appointment at Pall Mall the same or very next day. There’s a range of different appointments available, it can be a short 15-minute session or longer with 30 minute and 60-minute options for more in-depth consultations.
“With prices starting from £75, book an appointment today by calling 0161 394 0319 or use our online enquiry form.”