Using a ‘Dry Month’ to lose weight, improve health and save money

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Dr. Sonny Saggar is asking everyone in St. Louis to try a "dry month." He says that regular people who drink just occasionally or even a couple of drinks a day, should consider going on an alcoholic fast for one month.

Saggar says there are many benefits to cutting back on regular alcohol consumption. It`s just a way of slamming on the brakes for those people who aren`t actually alcoholics. Call it a cleanse.

The advantages include weight loss, better sleep, more money, more energy, clearer skin, more time (no more hangovers) and feeling healthier. You`ll also gain a great sense of achievement when you finish your dry month, and you can even celebrate with a drink if you want!

A dry month is your chance to ditch the hangovers, reduce the waistline, and save some serious money by giving up alcohol for 31 days. As part of your dry month, you can fundraise for charities with the money you save not buying drinks (find out more at By doing so you can help to make a real difference to the lives of those harmed by alcohol, their families, and help ensure that young people (and the rest of us) have a healthier relationship with alcohol.

It is estimated that for every $1 spent on alcohol treatment, $5 is saved on healthcare, policing and other costs to society from alcohol.

A glass of wine is 250 calories. if you multiply that times seven, that`s like 2,000 calories a week. That`s about a pound of weight you can lose each week if nothing else changes in your life and you simply eliminate alcohol.

Whatever the reason, abstaining for a short while can reset your relationship with booze before it can become a problem.

Dr. Sonny Saggar is an internist, urgent care operator and emergency physician. he`s the founder of, as well as the chairman of Saint Alexius Emergency Department.

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