Can you imagine a life without liquor, wine or beer?
Arguably, we are all living in a culture where substance dependence and abuse has been normalized to some degree. Many contemporary voices have documented their attempt to go against the grain, and resist various societal norms— in fact, we are fascinated by their stories of sobriety, abstinence, nutritional restriction.
Alcohol is central in the conversation about popular influence. Cutting back saves money, calories, heartache. But more importantly, reducing external indulgences is crucial to cleanse the body, and has been proven to have numerous benefits to health.
At the end of the day, the choice to drink or not drink is entirely personal. Meanwhile, here is a list of things people commonly notice when they stop drinking alcohol:
1. Purifying the body by not drinking alcohol leads to improved physical health, overall. Clear skin, less inflammation, faster metabolism, feeling hydrated, restored hormonal balance, more regular digestion.
2. Improved mental clarity and mood. Less instances of stress, depression, and anxiety. Feeling sharper, better short-term memory.
3. Not drinking saves so much money! Even $5.00 margaritas or $4.00 pints can start to add up.
4. No hangovers, better sleep patterns. Imagine waking up every day feeling full of energy and vitality. And remembering everything that happened the night before.
5. A different perspective. When you step outside the box of participating in social norms, like happy hour, it becomes possible to see the self and life differently. Giving up drinking for a while is a great way to get out of a funk.
6. Society is a little bit sick. Our reliance on processed foods and mood-altering substances is believed by some to be a form of societal manipulation or oppression. Moreover, way too many people are alcoholics and drug addicts, and this is hurting families and communities.
7. It’s just a small change, no big deal. People stop consuming alcohol all the time for various reasons— pregnancy, prescribed medicines, cleanses, upcoming events. Even taking just a few weeks off can give you a major boost.
8. More time to do other things. Drinking-centric activities tend to eat up a lot of time. Avoiding Mimosa brunch or thirsty Thursday leaves more time for self-care, time with kids, exercise, sports, and home-cooking.
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