Dry January

Could you give up alcohol for 31 days?

Could you give up alcohol for 31 days? Next month, more than 4,000 individuals across the country will be saying goodbye to their usual tipple for four weeks, in support of the latest campaign from registered charity Alcohol Concern. 

Giving up alcohol could help you to lose weight, increase your will power and save you money. What you may not know, is that it could also benefit your oral health. Drinking to excess can quadruple your risk of developing mouth cancer*, and encourage your tooth enamel to wear away, potentially leading to costly dental procedures. 

Alcoholic drinks can also lead to staining on teeth, and contribute to problems such as sensitivity and dry mouth. Simply swapping alcohol for teeth-friendly drinks such as water, milk or tea can benefit your oral health, improve the condition of your skin and hair, and even help you to sleep better. 

To find out more about how alcohol affects your oral health, keep an eye on the Dry January Facebook page where you’ll find updates from health care professionals including this one from our very own Chief Dental Officer, Roger Matthews. 

If you’d like to take up the challenge for January and banish the booze, head over to the official Dry January website to sign up now. 

 *BDHF – www.mouthcancer.org November 2013

Published: December 23rd, 2013

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