No matter if you are a latent alcoholic, or you just want to have a glass or two now and then, alcohol creates chaos in your body.
If drinking alcohol becomes a habit, it can become a psychological and health issue. So, abstinence, from time to time, is really necessary.
“To stop drinking alcohol, even for a week or a few, is a very good idea, especially if you consume more than the recommended daily dose”- says doctor Damon Raskin from Los Angeles, who specialized in treating addiction. He adds: “If drinking starts interfering with your social interactions, it’s time to slow down a bit.”
Here are the effects you will be able to feel if you stop drinking alcohol:
- You will sleep better
A study has shown that drinking alcohol before going to bed increases the alpha brain waves, which are actually stopping the brain to really rest. Another study showed that alcohol helps people fall asleep, but it decreases the quality of sleep after the first phase. If you quit drinking alcohol you will feel fresh and full of energy every morning.
- Eat less for dinner
Alcohol makes you feel hungry. It is so because alcohol increases the intensity of the sensations we’re feeling. That’s why, after just two drinks, an average person can eat up to 30% more than without alcohol consumption.
- Sugar cravings
Sugar increases the production of the hormone dopamine which is responsible for the feeling of happiness. Alcohol does the same thing. That’s why it is probable that when you stop drinking alcohol, you’ll start craving chocolate.
- Lose weight
Even though alcohol is a liquid, it contains an enormous amount of calories. For example, a margarita has astonishing 300 calories, which come from sugars. Stop drinking alcohol, and do not substitute it with sweet foods, and you lose weight!
- Skin looks younger
Only a few days after you stop drinking alcohol your skin will be more hydrated. Alcohol is a diuretic, that’s why you go to the toilet often when you drink. Losing water makes the skin on the face and neck dry. Alcohol abstinence will make your face shiny and fresh again.
- You will save money
Drinking, especially wine, is an expensive habit. Calculate how much money you spend on alcohol – you will be surprised!