How many mornings have you had where you’ve woken up and promised yourself you’re never going to drink again? Let’s face it, we’ve all had them. But how many of you have actually committed to it?
We all know how bad alcohol is for us and many of us towards the end of the year partake in dry January, but why not go the whole hog and give up booze completely in 2023?
There are many benefits of giving up alcohol, and it genuinely could be a lifechanging decision, particularly if you do have a problematic relationship with the substance. In which case, it won’t be easy, with alcohol detox often much more effective when done with professional support.
Come out of that though and you’ll certainly feel the benefit…
First and foremost, you’ll feel some real physical benefits. Beginning with the lack of a hangover. Imagine a Saturday or Sunday morning feeling as fresh as a daisy to hit the ground running and make the most of your day?
Stopping drinking will lead to a better night’s sleep, more energy and ultimately more time to do the things you love.
Alongside this, alcohol can have a significant impact on your skin and hair, leaving it dull and lifeless as well as leading to problems such as dry and irritable skin.
The health of your liver will also improve and allow your body to concentrate on other parts of the body, leaving you feeling much healthier and fresh.
The benefits on mental health are also huge. Ever had the beer fear? Well that won’t happen anymore. You also can’t potentially embarrass yourself while under the influence of alcohol.
Alcohol can significantly increase anxiety levels and be a real catalyst for depression too.
Giving up alcohol can have the opposite reaction to your mental health. Successfully giving up can increase confidence as you know you have the will-power to do it, which will have a knock on effect on your everyday life too.
And all the while your overall health improves, the health of your bank balance will also improve. Alcohol doesn’t come cheap, and it can have a real impact on your finances, with many alcoholics suffering real difficulty, skipping bills to fund their addiction.
Think about how much you spend on alcohol each week and what that equates to over a year. Now, think about what you could spend that money on – a holiday, a new car, pair of shoes, or even just a healthy increase in your savings. That alone could make giving up booze in 2023 all the more worthwhile.