While Dry January is seen as one month where people come pledge to stay away from drinking alcohol, an expert at the University of California suggests that rather than providing health benefits, the decision could instead be detrimental to our overall health.
Professor Charles Bamforth said that regular drinks of alcohol are beneficial for heart and blood circulation, as long as it is indulged moderately.
Professor Bamforth added that excessive drinking at any time was not good for our health and staying away from alcohol for a month would not protect us from excessive drinking for the rest of the year.
"It's well known that drinking too much can cause serious health problems. Many people don't realise that drinking in moderation has significant health benefits and that moderate drinkers have a longer life expectancy than non-drinkers. Regular moderate intake of alcohol is good for the heart and blood circulation. The key is a little and often. You are seriously mistaken if you think that having a month without drinking will protect you from the effects of excessive drinking for the rest of the year", Professor Bamforth said.