There are plenty of studies that have hailed the benefits of alcohol when drunk in moderation.
Moderation being the key.
But taking a break from the hard stuff can have an array of benefits too – physical, mental and more.
So put down that pint, and read on…
Alcohol can be harmful to your brain, liver, heart, stomach, bowels, kidneys, pancreas and reproductive system – check out the Drinkwise website for more information.
Taking a one-month break such as Dry July or a “detox” will offer your body a brief reprieve, but a longer term lifestyle change will offer even greater benefits.
It doesn’t have to be about giving up completely. Just cutting down. Remember that word moderation?
And the outs
On a more superficial level, alcohol consumption isn’t exactly going to have you looking your best. Alcohol dehydrates your body – this includes your skin. Longer term heavy drinking can have more serious effects on the skin.
Then there’s the weight gain – alcohol is higher in calories than both protein and carbohydrates. And at 7 calories per gram, it is only slightly less calorific than fat at 9 per gram. That’s not to mention the impact it has on your appetite and your metabolism.
Beyond body bits
You probably already know how unproductive hangovers can be – entire days spent sprawled on the couch. But that’s not the only way drinking can interfere with your ability to get things done.
Alcohol actually reduces your energy levels by interfering with energy production in the body. While it is being processed, the liver can’t produce as much glucose which means lower levels of blood sugar so energy levels take a hit.
On the emotional side
Alcohol is a depressant meaning you’re more likely to feel blue after even just one drink and you’ll also be more likely to make awful decisions that will leave you feeling even worse the next day.
It can also hinder your ability to get quality sleep – an issue which can have knock-on effects on your bodily functions, appearance and emotional state.
You might actually like it. Think of what you can achieve with all that extra time, all that extra money, all that extra energy.
Are you thinking of cutting down on your alcohol intake?