Millions of people around the world have dedicated the first month of the new year to abstaining from alcohol for 'Dry January'.

The idea is simple – no alcohol for a month.

Charity alcohol concern, as well as a host of medical professions, point out the benefits of going sober - saving money, sleeping better and losing that beer gut.

But what if you were to abstain from drinking alcohol for longer than that – say, two years?

New Yorker Tobias van Schneider did just that, and wrote about it on his blog.

Here is what he learned from drinking no alcohol for, as of January 2017, 28 months into his programme:

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