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An author has a challenge for the thousands of Canadians ready to toast end of january: why not continue until April?

"I think January Dry is a great starting point for anyone who wants to get what I call sober curious," said Ruby Warrington. The flow guest host Connie Walker.

Warrington defines being "sober curious" as questioning "every instinct, invitation or expectation of drinking" and going against the dominant drink culture.

While the dry month of January has helped thousands of people explore this, Warrington has argued that it is now so popular that people do it in a group, which means that there is less pressure from peers for them to drink.

There are fewer temptations in January, she said, because people stay at home after the busy holiday season.

She thinks it would be more useful not to consume alcohol for three months.

"If you decide" you know what, I'll try a non-alcoholic [February] In addition, "you may find yourself faced with challenges in many different ways, while starting to enjoy more of the benefits of living without alcohol," she said.

This extra time allows people to ask themselves deeper questions about what motivates them to drink or what scares them from quitting, she told Walker.

Warrington wrote about the idea in his book Sober curious: serene sleep, increased concentration, unlimited presence and deep bonds await us all on the other side of the alcohol.

There is not really any terminology for someone who drinks only a little, says Ruby Warrington to Connie Walker. 1:19

Warrington reduced his alcohol consumption a few years ago, after realizing that "even after a few glasses of wine … I noticed that my level of anxiety was much higher, I had real difficulties sleeping. "

She said that she "slowly assembled the pieces that, in reality, had a very detrimental effect on my overall well-being" and only drinks alcohol on rare occasions.

"It began literally with a questioning:" Would my life be better without alcohol? "

Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer

According to Catherine Paradis, Senior Research Analyst and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Center for Addiction and Addiction, the health risks associated with alcohol may be worse than many Canadians realize.

"We know that alcohol is associated with more than 200 chronic diseases, and that it causes seven types of cancer," Paradis told Walker.

However, she said that research on the effect of January dry could be limited.

According to Catherine Paradis, there is little data on the health benefits of drought for health. (Submitted by Catherine Paradis)

She quoted a study at Royal Free Hospital in Britain, which showed that after one month, "each participant had better blood pressure, better blood sugar levels, better insulin resistance and a higher body mass index." low". But Paradis pointed out that there were a small number of participants, some of whom were already excessive drinkers, which would result in a more radical difference in results.

Another study of the University of Sussex suggests that refraining from drinking alcohol during the month of January may increase your energy level, your concentration and even give you better skin.

Dr. Richard De Visser, psychologist at the University of Sussex, asked 800 participants to respond to polls in January, February and August 2018.

Seventy-one percent of respondents said that the experience had made them realize that they did not need alcohol to entertain themselves, while 82 percent said it was theirs. had made them think more about their relationship with alcohol.

"It seems that there is not only the short-term effect of" I feel a little better ", but in fact it somehow changes the type of relationship people have with # 39; alcohol " Of To screw told CBC News.

You have nothing to lose by answering the question … would life be better without alcohol? – Ruby Warrington

Warrington has felt these benefits since she became sober and curious.

"I would say that my life is full of inspiration and optimism and that I have so much energy to devote to what I really love," she said.

She understands that peer pressure can have a social deterrent effect on downsizing, but anyone who wonders if it would be better without alcohol should explore the sober and curious mind.

"You will probably save money, sleep a lot better, have a lot more energy," she said.

"I would say you have nothing to lose by answering the question … would life be better without alcohol?"

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Written by Padraig Moran. Produced by Anne Penman.