Alcohol has a major impact on your body and can affect everything from your skin to your sleep. There are countless reasons to give up alcohol, including helping your body function properly, strengthening your interpersonal relationships, and getting more out of your workouts. Here are the top ten reasons to give up alcohol.
1 You will have more energy
It’s no surprise that drinking zaps our energy. You only have to ask someone who spent the whole night drinking how they feel in the morning if you don’t believe us. Regularly drinking makes it harder to get a good night’s sleep, focus during the day, and have the energy it takes to tackle all of our many responsibilities. Even after just a week of not drinking, you’ll feel your body’s natural energy levels increase.
2 You will sleep better
Not only will you have more energy during the day, but you’ll also sleep better when you give up alcohol. Alcohol messes with our body’s natural clock or circadian rhythm. Although it may seem like you fall asleep easier after having a drink or two before bed, you’re getting a worse night’s sleep, and this lack of sleep can add up.
3 Your skin will look better
Regular drinking is not good for our skin because it is dehydrating and as our bodies metabolize alcohol, our liver releases acetaldehyde, a byproduct that is toxic to body tissue. This toxic byproduct can cause premature aging of the skin, breakouts, and more. Alcohol also dilates your pores, which can cause blackheads. If you don’t enjoy the dry skin, bags under your eyes, or acne, give up the booze.
4 You’ll have stronger relationships
Drinking regularly can have a detrimental effect on your relationships, whether you realize it or not. Always going out to parties to drink probably means that you’re isolating your friends and family members that don’t enjoy those activities. Besides, many people who drink become aggressive and angry and pick fights with those they love. Give up drinking to avoid these drunken fights and regrets in the morning.
5 You can pick up new hobbies
Giving up drinking opens the door to developing so many new, healthy hobbies. Use the time and money you spend on alcohol to learn something new, such as crafting, hiking, swimming, beekeeping, or anything else that your heart desires. You might be surprised at how much more cash and free time you have after giving up drinking.
6 Your liver, heart, and kidneys will be healthier
Alcohol is hard on your liver, heart, and kidneys and when you give up drinking, your internal organs will thank you! According to the American Heart Association, “Drinking too much alcohol can raise the levels of some fats in the blood (triglycerides). It can also lead to high blood pressure, heart failure and increased calorie intake (which can lead to obesity and a higher risk of developing diabetes). Excessive drinking and binge drinking can lead to stroke. Other serious problems include fetal alcohol syndrome, cardiomyopathy, cardiac arrhythmia, and sudden cardiac death.”
7 You will perform better at work
It’s much easier to focus on your job when you’re not hungover from the night before (or drinking at work). Alcohol affects our brain and ability to concentrate so after giving up alcohol; you’ll quickly notice that you’re performing better at work and completing tasks is easier when you’re focused. This could also lead to a promotion or raise if you start taking your job seriously! Your boss and coworkers will be proud.
8 You will be a better parent
Alcohol affects our ability to parent because it makes us more lethargic, distracted, and distant. This article, written by a mom who gave up drinking for NBC News, shares that when she was sober, she teaches her children that people can have fun sober. The way we consume alcohol can directly impact how our children consume alcohol when they get older, so setting a good example by giving up alcohol will benefit both you and them.
9 You will save money
Drinking isn’t cheap. Depending on where you live, getting a drink at a restaurant or bar can cost anywhere from $10-$20 per drink. If you enjoy a few drinks on a night out, multiple times a week, you can see how this can add up. Giving up alcohol will save you about 20% on dinner bills. Also, sober people don’t have to worry about the expenses (or danger) or DUIs, property damage, or costly bad decisions (we see you, tipsy online shopping).
10 Your workouts will be better
For those that love to get a good sweat in, this one is for you. Giving up alcohol means that you’ll have more energy and stamina for the gym, and you’ll soon see yourself getting more out of your workouts. Not only is this healthy because you are giving up alcohol, but it’s healthy because you’ll enjoy the many benefits of exercise, such as more energy, a healthier heart, and less stress and anxiety.
If you want to get sober, there’s no time like today to get started. Find an alcohol addiction treatment center near you to get the help you deserve.