If you’ve ever had a crazy night out, you probably regretted it the following day and swore to never drink so much again – while hungover and paralyzed in bed. And yet, there are times when you might find yourself at the pub with your friends only a couple days later, having some happy hour drinks; or perhaps, back at the club that very weekend. The thing is, we all know how terrible alcohol is for our bodies – and yet we don’t realize the difference it would make if we take a break from alcohol, even if it’s for only a month.
Curious to find out what would happen if you stopped drinking for 31 days? Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Amazing Things That Happen When You Give Up Alcohol For A Month:
1) You make better food choices
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If you’ve ever had the drunk munchies, then you’re probably familiar with the poor food choices you make while under the influence of alcohol. While some people might chalk this up to a lack of self-control, scientists think otherwise. In fact, it has been reported that the specific brain cells or neurons which give you the urge to eat can be activated by alcohol.
What’s more, the activation of these neurons can also distort our food choices. That’s why you tend to choose the basket of French fries and/or fried chicken after a few drinks. However, when you stop drinking, you will have more control over your diet. As a result, you’ll be more likely to stick to a balanced diet if your goal is to eat healthily.
2) You lose weight
Every time you chug that glass of beer or sip on your favorite cocktail, you’re actually drinking your way to a larger waistline. After all, they don’t call it a beer belly for nothing! Besides the fact that alcohol causes you to make unhealthy food choices, it also encourages fat storage in your body – due to acetate, which is a substance that alcohol produces when it’s being digested.
As acetate gets taken into the bloodstream, it gets used as your primary energy fuel. That means your body relies on the acetate for energy, rather than burning fat, carbohydrates or protein as fuel. Hence, all these get converted into fat and stored in your body. However, not drinking for a month will reverse this process, as your body will then be able to eliminate those toxins.
3) You become more energetic
It has been found that drinking alcohol during the day can play a part in making you feel lethargic or drowsy. This is especially so during your low-energy times such as mid-afternoon or late evening. Psst! If you didn’t get a good night’s sleep the night before, even one drink could make you feel drowsy, due to alcohol’s sedative quality.
Besides that, alcohol disrupts your sleep and prevents you from getting quality rest as it can interrupt your circadian rhythm and block REM sleep. Thus, lowering your energy levels and preventing you from making the most of the next day. Whether it’s powering through an intense workout or having a super productive day at work, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to accomplish so much more when you give up alcohol.
4) Your skin clears up
When you say goodbye to alcohol, you’re also saying goodbye to Instagram filters. This is because alcohol is toxic to your skin, and causes it to appear dull and drawn. Apart from that, it dehydrates your skin and robs it of antioxidants and vitamin A, which is responsible for the production of collagen and regeneration of skin cells, as well as vitamin C, which heals the skin. By not drinking, you’ll be slowing down your skin’s aging process and also preventing potential skin problems.
5) You save money, and your dignity
Be honest. How much did you spend on alcohol during your last night out? Chances are, you burned a hole in your wallet because alcohol isn’t cheap – especially when you get carried away after having a few drinks and think it’s a great idea to buy everyone a few rounds of tequila shots. As alcohol impairs your judgment, you won’t feel too bothered about the amount of money you’re spending, until it comes back to haunt you when you actually need the money for something more important.
Apart from enabling you to save money, giving up alcohol will also prevent you from getting into bad situations or doing something you might potentially regret the next day (or worse, forever).
So tell us, are you ready to give up alcohol for a month and see these amazing changes in yourself?