If you’ve ever wondered if taking a break from drinking is a good idea, yes, it is.
Why think about taking a break from drinking?
For the casual drinker, a month, or even a week or two, can do a great deal of good for your physical and mental health. If you drink every day, consult your physician because alcohol withdrawal is a real danger.
How will it help me?
When you drink lots of water, stop drinking liquor, and quit eating processed, fatty foods and sugar, you are cleansing your entire inner being. This allows your body to rest, restore, and reset for a more “clean” healthy lifestyle.
Alcohol is a depressant. While you might believe that drinking alcohol makes you feel better, it is temporary, and there is often a crash after. Studies have shown that temporarily refraining from drinking alcohol can improve your mood, especially if you suffer from depression and anxiety.
Without alcohol, you can be your true self and bond more authentically with others.
By moving around in a sober way with a clear head, you can avoid walking and auto-related accidents. In addition to preventing accidents, you prevent the negative outcomes from bad decisions using poor judgment that often comes with social drinking. In other words, taking a break from alcohol makes you safer.
A healthier heart and liver
Drinking less alcohol is good for your heart and your liver, too. Drinking can be toxic, making your heart and liver more to prone to disease.
Rest and good skin
Want better sleep and clearer skin? If you take a break from drinking alcohol, you are likely to experience both. With better sleep, you can experience enhanced rest and relaxation. And who doesn’t want clear skin, just because?
With no alcohol to cloud your judgment, your mind will be sharper with more focused thinking on the detailed nuances of life, including the capacity to retain information better (memory).
Alcohol calories are empty calories, void of any nutritional value. Cocktails and beer are also full of sugar. Deleting them from your diet can help you control your weight, and even lose a few pounds.
If you suffer from alcohol addiction or know someone who does, or just want more information about substance abuse, you can always call the SAMHSA National Helpline:
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