Dry January has been happening for over a week now. ICYMI, it's the month-long break from alcohol that millions of people take. While some people do it because they think they drink too much, others do it as a New Year's Resolution in an effort to get healthier. As you can imagine, there are many ways Dry January, aka no alcohol for a month, affects your body. "Having a Dry January can be great," Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Family Physician and Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Bustle. "For some, it can be a good opportunity to take a step back and regroup from the hectic holiday season, and for others it might be a good opportunity to reevaluate drinking habits altogether. Regardless of the reason, abstaining from alcohol in January (or other times of the year) can be very beneficial."
If you're wondering how much alcohol is too much, that's a great question. Moderate drinking for women is defined as up to one drink a day, according to the USDA Dietary Guidelines, and they consider high-risk drinking for women to be four or more drinks per day or eight or more drinks per week. As you can imagine, there are many health benefits to not drinking at all, and here are ways Dry January will affect your body.