Holiday season has just been over but your dependence or craving for alcoholic beverages still haunts you. If you think you go beyond occasional drinking, then you must try to eliminate the habit or at least start the New Year with a booze-free January.
Dry January is initiated by Alcohol Concern, a national charity that works towards reducing alcohol-related problems in the UK, promoting health, and improving lives. During this month, people are encouraged to participate in the campaign and abstain from drinking alcohol for a better cause. And since more and more people are counting themselves in, you might as well try if this initiative could also work for you and your friends.
Since it has been a common knowledge that excessive alcohol drinking increases the risk for many types of cancer, pancreatitis, digestive problems, cardiovascular issues, stroke, depression, anxiety, and dementia and the government as well as many private institutions are becoming more serious in campaigning against alcohol abuse, more and more people want to kick the habit of excessive alcohol drinking.
With that in mind, we put together the following list to keep you motivated in your desire to quit alcohol and let your body enjoy the benefits of having an alcohol-free life.
1. Enhances Growth of New Brain Cells
Excessive and frequent alcohol intakes slow down or halt the generation and growth of new brain cells. Hence, giving up booze aids in assisting the growth of new brain cells and in lowering the risks of long-term deficits in the key areas of the brain.
2. Decreases Liver Fats
According to a study published recently, Dry January gives us a “liver vacation” where a month’s abstinence from alcoholic beverages immediately improves one’s health. As per the findings of the study, alcohol cessation results to the following:
- Fatty liver is decreased by 15 percent.
- Blood glucose levels dropped by 16 percent.
- Cholesterol levels are decreased by five percent.
- One’s sleep quality and ability to concentrate are improved significantly.
Since the liver plays a vital role in over 500 processes and functions from digesting food, detoxification to balancing the hormones, it is a must that we keep it healthy at all times.
3. Promotes Weight Loss
Expect pounds to gradually fall off when you take the 31-day challenge. As alcohol has a sneaky way of increasing your calorie intake, cessation may help you lose weight and the primary key to do this is to burn the calories you eat. Replacing your favorite alcoholic beverages with either water (with or without lemon), unsweetened tea or black coffee is a good start. This move can help you generate the necessary calorie deficit.
4. Rejuvenates Your Skin and Gives You a Glowing Face
It’s true that heavy drinkers greatly affect their looks, complexion, and even the elasticity of the skin. Facial features may also deteriorate while the skin may appear dehydrated and blotchy if alcohol consumption is frequent and rigid.
Bidding alcohol goodbye rewards you with healthier skin and a more beautiful, younger-looking face that you’ll surely love. You may also expect brightened complexion, a dewier finish, and minimized breakouts.
5. Lessens the Risks of Certain Cancer
Though many people are already aware that heavy alcohol use can cause severe health problems such as cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, some of them are still disregarding health advisories as they tend to enjoy the so-called “perks” of drinking alcohol. However, this definitely puts their health at risks.
According to scientific researches, alcohol use has been linked to an increased risk of several types of cancer, including cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), esophagus (swallowing tube), liver, breast (in women), colon and rectum. And the risk for each of these cancers increases with the amount of alcohol consumed over time, regardless of the type of drink; beer, wine, or liquor (distilled spirits). So, taking the alcohol out of your system minimizes the risks and likewise boosts your immune system.
Other Benefits of Alcohol Abstinence
Aside from these health benefits, quitting alcohol rewards you with more such as saving a quite huge amount of money, regaining self-confidence and self-respect, having more free time for your family, strengthening family relationships, and feeling more content with your life not just physically, financially, and mentally but also emotionally and spiritually.
How much alcohol you’re allowed to take?
This infographic shows us the acceptable amount of specific alcoholic beverage you can drink without losing your mind or putting your health at risk. Yes, you can drink moderately and still be merry. Cheers!