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Dry January. It’s a public health campaign started in 2014 in England, to urge people to abstain from alcohol for the month of January. Even though this is relatively new as a public health campaign, the Finnish people recognized “Sober January” in 1942. All comes in recognition that many of us engage in more drinking during the holiday times of November and December. And a month of abstinence would “do a body good”, while also resetting our normal habits of moderate alcohol intake.
During “Dry January,” people
commit to skipping booze for the month, and the challenge may pay off with some
major benefits to your health.
In Rhode Island, Chef Walter Potenza
tells us why this tradition in Italy follows the holidays and is a good thing
to do for the body. “The beer belly,
guys, is real!” Water says.
to the Chef:
About Walter Potenza: there is a
constant, recognizable thread in the career of Walter Potenza to elevate the
level of Italian culinary culture in the United States. Besides his
unquestionable culinary talent and his winning business perspective, Chef
Walter has been and is a relentless educator, with passion and knowledge, who
contributes to defeat stereotypes. His life, his career and his values
are a model, an example to follow, by any chef of Italian gastronomy working
outside Italy. A native of Mosciano Sant’ Angelo in Abruzzo, Italy, is known as
one of the most passionate and accomplished practitioners of traditional and
historical Italian cooking in the nation. His fields of expertise include
Terracotta Cookery, Historical Cookery from the Roman Empire to the Unification
of Italy, the Cuisines of the Sephardim Italian Jewish Heritage, and the
Mediterranean 21 Health & Wellness, with major emphasis on Diabetes, Celiac
and the Cuisines of the 21 countries present in the MED basin.