Drinking alcohol is not that bad if you do it moderately. However, some of us enjoy drinking without limitations. If you are one of those, then you might want to read this post. We are not going to explain the bad effects of drinking alcohol. You have probably heard and read it a thousand times. Instead, we are going to provide you the benefits of staying away from alcohol even for just a month.
Benefits of staying away from alcohol for a month
In the United Kingdom, there is an initiative called Dry January. This is an initiative which asks people to stop drinking alcohol for a period of one month.
A research at the University of Sussex found out that when a person stops drinking alcohol for a period of more or less 31 days, they could reap the following benefits:
- higher energy levels
- healthier body weight
- control over alcoholic drinks
- better sleep
- feeling of achievement
- better concentration
- improved skin
- happier disposition in life
Apart from the above benefits, not drinking alcohol can also save you tons of money! Now, that should convince you to drop that bottle.
Even if the initiative started in the UK, people all over the world are also joining this amazing campaign.
How do you successfully stay away from alcohol?
Do you think you can’t do it? Well, here are practical tips that you can follow:
Tell your intention to your families and friends
If you want to stop drinking, the people around you should know the reason why. This is for them to also understand what you are trying to do and at the same time, they can avoid inviting you for drinking sessions. More often than not, they will understand and support you. If they don’t, and they still keep on pushing you to drink, then you might want to keep your distance from them.
But just in case you need to join them for a party, offer to be the group’s driver.
Do it gradually
You don’t have to take away alcohol from your life right away (except if you are encountering serious health problems). For example, if you drink every night then you can set alcohol-free days. From there, add more alcohol-free days and before you know it, you can already ‘survive’ without drinking alcohol.
Give yourself rewards
Truth be told, breaking a bad habit is not easy. But to keep you motivated, you can practice a reward system. You can either buy new clothes or shoes for yourself with the money you saved from not drinking beer for a month. Or maybe, you can treat yourself for a quick vacation.
Please take note however that if you or someone you care about seem to have problems with alcohol, it is necessary to get professional help. Otherwise, it can take a toll on your relationship and your entire life as well.
So, do you think you can do it? Or perhaps, can you share some effective tips on how you can drop alcohol in your life?