We’ve all woken up after a night’s indulgence vowing to abstain from alcohol. In other words, we feel so ill we might even utter the inevitable, (never-going-to-happen), inconceivable words, “I am never drinking again!”
But fast-forward to a few days later (or even just a few hours later for those fans of ‘hair of the dog’) and we’re inevitably back on the sauce.
Because let’s face it, a cheeky glass of wine or a hard-earned pint (or three) helps us relax after a long and tiring day at the office. Plus there’s nothing better than relaxing at the weekend with friends or your significant other with a few drinks – whether you even venture out to enjoy a few drinks or stay in and chill.
But have you thought about the positive effects on your health abstaining from alcohol for just one month would have?
In today’s increasingly health conscious world, where it seems you are heavily looked down upon if you aren’t a fan of at least one ‘trendy’ workout (or maybe that’s just us being paranoid) more and more people are reaping the awards of going teetotal.
Here are just some of the positive effects we have discovered first-hand from giving up alcohol (all week) for just four weeks:
1. More Energy
Asides from the fact you will obviously not be waking up with a hangover, you will feel far more energetic.
Even if you aren’t a heavy drinker (as someone who would only have had one glass of wine or pint of cider every couple of days I can vouch for this), after just over one week I had the energy to do the things I previously would have made excuses for, such as going to the gym.
2. Positive Weight-Loss
A lot of people identify the whopping calories alcohol contains on the reason behind their lack of weight-loss.
On average, one bottle of wine can contain over 600 calories. Alcohol is made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar. This means that ale and stout can contain a lot of calories.
For instance, a pint of ale or stout with 5% ABV can contain over 250 calories, the same calories as a whole bagel.
Alcohol can stimulate the appetite and make calorific post-pub fare like kebabs and chips look really appealing.
So you will be less likely to reach for the grease in your fragile state, and will find yourself reaching for fresher, healthier choices in keeping with your new exercise and diet regime which certainly leads to a happier state of mind.
3. Clearer Skin
With all the sugar contained in alcohol, particularly wine, cider and alcopops, it should come as no surprise that you will not only notice you have fresher skin, but you should be far less prone to break-outs – a win-win.
4. Saving Money
It may just be a happy coincidence, but with tough times for everyone money-wise, every little counts. A soft drink usually comes in at a good three – four times cheaper than an alcoholic one – and you’ll probably find you sip on it more slowly too as you aren’t racing to get that buzz.
You won’t have to fork out for expensive taxis, or spend hours trying to get through to those pesky taxi companies either.
Most importantly of all, cutting out alcohol, even just for a time, will benefit your health.
As well as helping you shed a few pounds, it could help lower your cholesterol, and help you sleep better – which will have a massive overall impact on the rest of your life.