5 health benefits of ditching alcohol

5 health benefits of ditching alcohol

Whether you’re looking to improve your health, break a habit, or just want to give dry January a try, there can be many reasons why you might want to ditch the booze in 2023.

From the mental health benefits to ways to enjoy an evening with friends without the alcohol, giving up alcohol can be simple and a great way to improve your overall health and wellness. We also threw in some resources to help you get started. Read on to learn more. 


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. 

The NHS advises that you shouldn’t drink any more than 14 units a week (that’s equal to about 7 pints of beer or 4.5 large glasses of wine). If you regularly drink more than this, you may want to consider cutting back.

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 2023' 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. 

Thankfully, staying healthy is easy when you have an arsenal of health hacks to rely on. Check out our guide: 'Health hacks you need to know in 2022to help you get back on track. 

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. Why not learn some 'Creative ways to drink without alcohol' so that you can still enjoy their company without the need to get drunk. No one likes a hangover after all!

Make sure you check out our products such as the Livener Elixir 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.

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