Is it healthy to never drink alcohol?
As with anything in life, alcohol is best drunk in moderation. The occasional beverage with your friends or on special occasions won’t do any harm (other than potentially giving you a horrible hangover) however, long-term misuse can cause problems. From better sleep to reduced anxiety, there are plenty of benefits to ditching the booze.
Improved mental health
There are a number of links between alcohol dependency and many mental health issues including, but not limited to, anxiety and depression. When drinking on occasion, the alcohol mental health benefits can seem positive, offering you a feeling of confidence and relaxation. Continued heavy use or abuse of the substance however can result in more severe mental health conditions.
For more information about it, read our blog on the 'Ways alcohol affects mental health'. We also have a blog detailing some of the best 'Ways to practice mindfulness in 2024' to aid you in your mental health journey.
Better your physical health
Not only do you put your mental health a risk when you drink a lot, but you also put your physical health at risk. Frequent abuse of alcohol can cause you to become dehydrated which can affect many different bodily functions as well as your concentration. It can also cause you to get less good-quality sleep which can eventually lead to many different mental and physical health conditions.
Drinking without the alcohol
Just because you’ve decided to stop drinking doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. Whether your friends enjoy a quiet tipple together or are all about cocktail parties, we’ve got you covered. Check out our recipes page for some cocktail inspiration as well as Tarreyn Van Slyke's tips on the joys of sobriety, so you can still enjoy nights out and nights in without the need to get drunk. No one likes a hangover after all!
Make sure you check out our products such as the Livener for a great alcohol-free pick-me-up.
Finding support and resources
We understand that giving up alcohol can be really difficult. With that in mind, it’s important to make sure you have the right support to help you succeed.
The NHS has a great number of resources including what alcohol misuse is, how to get help, and what treatment includes so it’s a great place to turn to for initial help.
If you’re looking for the health benefits of giving up alcohol timeline to see what recovery will look like, The Priory has an excellent account of the physical symptoms and what happens to your body after 1 month with no alcohol as well as what recovery will look like when you go teetotal.