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Why you might want to consider taking a break from your green juice cocktail… (Photo: Molly Gallagher for Well+Good)

Pass the green juice, sans alcohol, please.

While you might have considered taking a break from booze this month (otherwise known as Dry January), or are actually cutting it out as a way to feel less sluggish, maybe amp up your productivity, or sleep better, it turns out that your decision can have awesome, far-reaching health benefits, beyond just how you feel.

A recent experiment by The New Scientist shows that skipping booze for as little as five weeks (35 days) can reduce liver fat, which contributes to liver damage, by at least 15 percent.

As part of the experiment, 10 staffers at The New Scientist stopped drinking for the month, while four continued. Participants in the study also saw decreases in their blood sugar levels (closely related to diabetes), which fell by an average of 16 percent.

It doesn’t really come as a surprise that ditching regular drinking can have some great health benefits, but who knew it would only take a month’s worth of happy hours to get there? —Molly Gallagher

 


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