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“I’m not an alcoholic.” “I don’t have a drinking problem.” “I can stop any time I want.” How many times have you said this? Can you really stop anytime you want? Why not try giving up alcohol for a month and prove it? After all, you have nothing to lose except the opinion that you can stop drinking whenever you want. Why not put your money where your mouth is?
Why Giving up Alcohol for a Month is Harder than You Think
Chances are not many people are going to take us up on that offer and if they do, they are not going to be able to make it through the full 30 days. Giving up alcohol for a month is harder than you think. For starters, if you have been drinking heavily for a while, going cold turkey can be very dangerous, causing shakes, delirium and may even require hospitalization. So before you even think about giving up alcohol for a month, you need to understand if you even can—literally.
There are many reasons giving up alcohol for a month is hard:
- Not having a drink to fall back on when you’ve had a stressful day
- Not having a drink with friends during social gatherings
- Not ordering a glass of wine with dinner or a beer during the game
- Not being able to celebrate a good day or big accomplishment with a drink
- Saying no to your drinking buddies when they call you to go out
- Being sober at a party, especially around the holidays
Think about these situations and ask yourself, can you really quit drinking for a full thirty days? No? What happened to not being an alcoholic? If you’re still up to the challenge, here’s what you can expect to gain from giving up alcohol for a month.
Benefits of Giving Up Alcohol for a Month
Over the course of just one month of alcohol-free living, you may see, feel and experience the following changes in your body as the effects of alcohol wear off:
- Your face will become less flushed, red and dry
- Your skin will start to look younger and refreshed
- The puffiness will start to reduce as your blood vessels normalize
- The water weight you carry will diminish, leaving you looking younger and more trim
- Your sleep patterns will normalize, with less waking up in the night and more sound sleep straight through the night
- You’ll have more energy throughout the day and focus will come back into your thought and speech
- You will enjoy the taste of food more as your taste buds start to “sober up”
- You’ll be less susceptible to colds and sickness as your immune system starts to operate without the hindrance of trying to cure hangovers
- You’ll have more time on your hands, time that used to be spent drunk or recuperating from drinking allowing you to be infinitely more productive
- You’ll have extra money in your bank account since you aren’t spending heavily on drinks and drink-related expenses (cabs, bar tabs, cigarettes, etc.)
Giving up Alcohol for a Month will Change Your Life
Once you have given up alcohol for a month, you’ll notice a big change in your life. At the end of thirty days, you can choose whether to go back to drinking, stop altogether or at least make the decision to moderate your drinking moving forward. So the question remains can you stop drinking anytime you please? If so, try giving up alcohol for a month and put your resolve to the test. Find out more about how giving up alcohol for a month can change your life by taking our: How to Give up Alcohol course.