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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.
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Here is what he learned from drinking no alcohol for, as of January 2017, 28 months into his programme:
Schneider saved $1,000 every month – just over £800.
He calculated that he spent approximately $33 (£26) on alcohol every day. Woah.
The average pint in London costs just under £4, and if you have one or two a day after work, along with a few bottles of wine a week, the tally adds up.
Schneider says that he “doesn’t really go out anymore”.
So often, social interaction revolves around alcohol and “getting a drink” with colleagues.
Abstaining actually frees up more of your time from that useless task, 'being sociable'.
Not only does Schneider report sleeping - on average - longer, but he also has better mornings without the hangover that usually follows a pub night.
Drinking coffee had made Schneider “stressed out”.
He says cutting caffeine from his diet made him a much more relaxed person, and less prone to anxiety.
If you're interested in following in his footsteps, visit his blog for more information.
HT Tobias van Schneider