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“Dry January” Could Be Good News For Your Overall Health

Sober January is when one stops drinking for the entire month of January.
Drew Beamer
"Sober January" may be a test of wits for some, but the benefits are noticeable, according to expert Paul Gilbert.

2020 was a record year for liquor sales across the state, even with people spending less time at bars and restaurants.

Now, at the beginning of 2021, many Iowans are putting those evening cocktails on pause to participate in “dry January.”

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by public and behavioral health expert Paul Gilbert for a look at the possible benefits of taking even a short hiatus from drinking. Also on the program, two Iowans who are participating in sober January recount their alcohol-free experience half-way through the one-month challenge.


  • Steve Strasheim, of Mitchell
  • Paul Gilbert, assistant professor in the department of community and behavioral health in the college of public health, University of Iowa
  • Molly Monk, of Cedar Rapids
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa