On the same principle as the Month without tobacco, the Addiction Federation wants to make January a sober month. An initiative that particularly appeals to people under 30 and that can have positive effects on health, even in the short term.
After the excesses of the end of the year celebrations, the month of January can be the occasion to adopt a healthier lifestyle. This is the idea of the Month without alcohol, for the first time proposed in France by the Addiction Federation. According to the OECD, France is the third largest alcohol consumer in the world with a average of 11.7 liters of pure alcohol (the equivalent of 130 liters of wine) per year and per inhabitant. This initiative has already existed in the United Kingdom since 2013.
“It’s a great challenge”, explains Céline, a participant who drank her last glass of alcohol before February on the night of December 31 to January 1. At 48, she takes on this challenge to prove that you can have fun without getting drunk. “I like to party, see friends. I’m not used to drinking alcohol every day but I have quite a few occasions“, specifies this resident of the Parisian suburbs. Céline explains that she has already received “little jokes” from his friends: “you will not be able” Where “we’re not going to see you anymore” but she intends to go to the end for “show others that it is possible”.
An immediate positive impact
Quitting alcohol has a “impact all the more positive when you consume a lot of it”Explain Professor Michel Lejoyeux, saddiction specialist. “SIf you drink 2 to 3 glasses of alcohol a day, the effects will be clear: lower blood pressure, better memory, better sleep and better morale”, specifies Michel Lejoyeux. IHe says the initiative will have positive effects on participants regardless of their consumption.
According to him, beyond the health issue, Alcohol-Free Month also questions the social importance given to alcoholic beverages which are not “not required” to have a nice evening.
4 million Britons did it last year
The Addiction Federation hopes for the same enthusiasm for Alcohol-Free Month in France as in the United Kingdom. Last year, 4 million Britons took part. 4,500 French people had also registered on the English application, of which nearly 50% were under 34 years old. “OI see that this type of campaign attracts a young audience”confirm Nathalie Latour, General Delegate of the Addiction Federation.