Wednesday, January 19

– If you can not manage one month without alcohol, you should ask the question if you have a problem

– This means that many reflect on their own consumption and that more people may want to cut back, or test out a month without alcohol, says Harald Dobloug.

January is the month for New Year’s resolutions. Ragnhild Kaski thinks that this is a good opportunity to reflect on her own alcohol consumption with a focus on health and other benefits of taking a break.

Dobloug believes that there are few things that are better for your health than one white month and that January is a good time as it is important not to drag the increased consumption of Christmas into the new year.

– For every glass you take, the risk of health damage increases. There are two things that are affected by a month without, the mental in that you become aware of your consumption, and the physical.

See the full interview at the top of the case!

WHITE MONTH: Many people choose to have a so-called “white month” in January. Photo: Tommy Storhaug / TV 2

Harmful to organs

There is no lower limit for alcohol intake. There is also no final decision on what is considered too much, but Dobloug refers to figures from the WHO, which recommends consuming less than 21 units for men and 14 units for women in a week.


A standard alcohol unit contains approx. 12 grams of alcohol, and can give up to 0.25 per mille. If you have drunk an alcohol unit, you have always received the same amount of pure alcohol (ethanol) in your body, whether you have drunk, for example, 0.33 liters of beer or 0.04 liters of liquor.

Here are some examples of one alcohol unit:

  • A bottle (33 cl) of beer at 4.5 vol%
  • A small glass of wine (12.5 cl) at 12 vol%
  • An even smaller glass of strong wine (7.5 cl) 20 vol%
  • A very small glass of liquor (4 cl) 40 vol%

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– Alcohol has an effect on our brain that makes us become more relaxed, but unfortunately it is harmful to the organs in the body.

Body and mind

Alcohol affects the brain and the body. Dementia, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and liver disease are some of the risks Dobloug mentions. Kaski believes that the majority do not have enough knowledge about the fluid’s negative health consequences.

– I do not think many people know enough about the negative health consequences, such as the connection between alcohol and cancer. We are aware of many of the risks, but not all. In addition, there are around 200 diseases that can cheat a relationship to alcohol.

She also points out the positive aspects of taking a break. In the short term, you will experience better sleep, stress management and more energy. In the long run, it will contribute to better general health.

Dobloug thinks that you should try to take a break, and if you can not do it, you have to ask yourself if you have a problem.

– We have some culture here in Norway to enjoy a glass. Other cultures have a different way of drinking, while here it is less during the week and full throttle on the weekends which is very harmful.

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: In Norway, people like to drink a lot on the weekends, while in other cultures, alcohol intake is spread out over the week.  Photo: Christine Skarstein Olsen / TV 2

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: In Norway, people like to drink a lot on the weekends, while in other cultures, alcohol intake is spread out over the week. Photo: Christine Skarstein Olsen / TV 2

He believes in the mental aspect of raising awareness about his own intake to improve his health.

– If you go back to your pattern in February then a month means little, but that’s why I have faith in what happens mentally, when you become more aware of it then maybe you should have had two white months.

With a great positive effect both mentally and physically, they are well underway with the white month. Kaski celebrated his new job with an alcohol-free alternative and Dobloug is optimistic.

– It’s not too late, start tomorrow with a white month.

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