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Why Dry January should be your New Year’s Resolution

The Dry January craze has been sweeping Scotland in 2017 - and it’s not hard to see why given its wealth of lifestyle benefits.

It is said that going ‘cold turkey’ will help you lose weight, have a better night’s sleep and of course save you plenty of money.

The average Briton spends almost £50,000 on alcohol during their lifetime – around £65 per month.

This saving would be enough to fill up your tank one-and-a-half times in a Volkswagen up! Blue Motion, taking you from Land's End to John o' Groats with a few hundred miles to spare.

And it’s not only money that can be saved.

According to the National Records of Scotland, 1,152 people died as a result of alcohol in 2014 - a five per cent increase from 2013 – making it more important than ever to ensure that people are aware of the consequences of excessive drinking.

Statistics show that more than twice as many men as women died, with 784 male and 368 female deaths.

Of course being responsible on the road is important too, as 1,310 people were killed or seriously injured on UK roads in 2014 because of drink-drive collisions, accounting for 14% of road deaths in Britain

The drink drive limit in Scotland is 50 milligrams for every 100 milligrams of blood, though any amount of alcohol will mean slower reactions, increased stopping distance, a reduced field of vision and poorer judgement of speed and distance.

We’re half way through Dry January and for those that enjoy an occasional tipple, temptation may be eating away to have a pint of beer or glass of wine.

But the benefits of staying alcohol free for a month far outweigh the satisfaction you will feel should you allow alcohol to pass your lips.

Continuing with your alcohol ban over the next two weeks will improve both your fitness and bank balance, allowing you to have a healthier 2017 on the road.

To celebrate Dry January the John Clark Motor Group is offering its most powerful sale with savings of up to £10,000 on new 66 plates.To find out more about The Drive Sale visit www.john-clark.co.uk