Mayo Clinic doctors discuss dry January

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The new year brings new beginnings, and for many people, it’s an opportunity to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Mayo Clinic Health experts say each January, some people choose to abstain from alcohol for the entire month.

While the reason for staying dry during the first month of the year varies depending on the person, many people do it to see how sobriety might improve their health.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic say giving up alcohol for an entire month may not be the best way to improve your health.

“This idea of being dry for a whole month well what happens on the first day of the next month, I think it’s better just to make small changes over time,” said Mayo Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Kopecky.

When thinking about giving up alcohol Mayo Clinic doctors say to be careful.

Those addicted to alcohol should be even more cautious, as the sudden absence of alcohol can lead to withdrawal symptoms, which can be deadly.