Today we are in a challenging time. From COVID-19 to riots and other events that trigger our stress, anxiety, and fear, frequently, we turn the booze as our support system. Many times that one simple drink evolves into an evening habit of more than just a glass. Together, let us find ways to help release that stress and tension into healthier activities from walks, journal writing, listening to music, dancing, drinking more water, noshing on veggies to connecting with professional guidance. In addition, listed below are benefits that might encourage us to make the decision to go dry this June and beyond.
In an article by Laurie McAllister of girlandtonic.co.uk. she writes that remaining sober for one month can help alter alcohol dependency in the long run while helping the body naturally recover. Going dry for a month can be a rigorous task, and therefore it is essential to seek support from trusted family and friends to a counselor. Having a reliable support system may help keep us accountable.
Laurie McAllister listed four benefits to encourage sobriety:
- Better Sleep
Regular drinking disrupts your sleep cycle. While that nightcap might help you drift off to sleep quicker, as the night goes on, you’ll spend more time in the less restful REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, making you feel tired in the morning no matter how long you sleep for. Cutting out alcohol increases the time you’ll spend in deep sleep, helping you to wake up feeling rested and ready for the day ahead.
- Better Skin
Turning down drinks helps your skin recover from the dehydrating effects of alcohol and means your body can absorb more vitamin A, increasing cell turnover, and keeping your skin looking healthier and younger! A spell of sobriety also helps your skin recover from the dehydrating effects of alcohol, which can give it an unhealthy texture and color – often causing redness or rose, while also rapidly increasing wrinkles and an aging, saggy look.
- More Money
79% of Dry January participants said they saved money after taking a month of drinking & doing the maths if you usually spend £30 a week on a bottle of wine and a night of cocktails with friends you’ll save £1,560 in a year. Nothing like increasing the savings account!
- Weight Loss
Hidden calories in that glass of wine or cocktail are significant, with an average of over 300 calories in half a bottle of wine. But it’s not just the calories that impact weight loss while drinking; alcohol reduces your metabolism as your body burns off alcohol first, with this process taking priority over absorbing nutrients and burning fat. If you cut the drinking habit (and don’t replace it with cake), you will lose weight.
Bonus Reason #5
You will be happier, healthier, and a better person to your family, friends, pets, and most importantly, to yourself. Self-care matters!!!