While quitting drinking for any length of time may not be on your agenda, here’s a call to consider stopping drinking alcohol for a year so that you can glean from the benefits of such.
Sure, the thought might not be popular with many people, but if you are the least bit concerned about your drinking habits or your health is in need of a boost, putting down the bottle for a year is something you might want to consider.
Drinking and partying is pretty well ingrained in our society and the truth is that a lot of people couldn’t fathom a year without drinking. They may feel they are missing out on something or they may feel like they couldn’t have fun without it.
In addition, the fact that alcohol is legal leads many to believe that drinking is actually safe, but the truth is that alcohol is quite toxic to the body.
How could quitting drinking for a year improve your life? Based on testimonies from others who abstained for one year, here are some of the positives of taking on the challenge:
1. Your mental and physical health will improve
Alcohol is a known poison. It has ethanol in it, which you can also find in gasoline, plus other harmful toxins.
Why it is legal we’re still not really sure, as the government ought to be out to protect the general public from poisons. Regardless, quitting drinking will certainly help you feel better mentally and physically.
Once your body detoxes the poisons, you’ll have more clarity, energy, and in general feel better physically. You may even feel less anxious and depressed. Your liver will start working better and thank you for the break, as it’s the liver that has to work extra hard to process all the toxins. Bet and believe it gets tired out fighting poison.
2. Your self-esteem will improve
Ever drink to contend with your nerves? Have a couple to let loose so you can converse better in a social setting? Well, quitting drinking will help you depend less on liquid courage and more on your own, innate courage.
It may be awkward at first, but after a couple of times socializing sober, you’ll realize that you can indeed have conversations and fun without a buzz or becoming inebriated. In fact, you’re confidence levels will soar and you’ll be quite proud of yourself for being able to say no to booze and yes to courage.
3. You’ll feel more peace
Ever made a poor choice while drinking? Regretted it the next day? Well, not drinking will allow you to feel more at peace because you’ll be able to make better decisions and not have to worry about alcohol induced poor decisions. You’ll also feel more peace due to the fact that you’re not willingly poisoning your body.
4. You’ll be consuming less calories
Chances are if you give up drinking, you’ll lose some weight over the course of a year. All those drinks certainly add up calories, so body fat may indeed be reduced by quitting. I might add that late night dinners or snacks after drinking will be reduced as well, saving you even more unnecessary calories.
5. You’ll have more time to be productive or relax
Drinking takes up some time and days when you’re hung over can be very unproductive. If you quit drinking for a year, you’ll be able to stop planning your life around parties and be able to avoid hangover days as well. Take the extra time to take up a new hobby, spend time with family or friends, or relax.
6. You’ll save some money
We all know alcohol is not cheap- at least the finer tasting alcohol. Give it up for a year and you may be able to save thousands of dollars. Some people spend around $100 on booze and food when they go out in one evening. Doing that twice a week can add up in a quick minute, so putting a stop to it and socking more money in savings will bank you thousands of dollars in a year.
Take a 30 day challenge
If one year seems to be too much to take on, try a 30 day challenge for now. From Sober for October to other challenges, a lot of people – and charities – are convincing you to stop drinking for one month. Many people who do 30 day no drinking challenges find that by the end of 30 days they feel so much better they want to continue as a non-drinker. It may be a bit awkward at first and your friends may not get it, but press through. The rewards of putting down the drink are worth it. Take the next year to really focus on self-love and going after your goals and dreams. You can even see if a friend wants to do the challenge with you.
Go ahead. Begin with 30 days of no drinking and take it from there. Feel free to let us know your progress and thoughts. We’d love to hear from you!