Some people are living the time of their life, and but that I mean “get drunk every day.” Believe it or not, some people can’t wait for the next time they go out and have a few more drinks. Truth is, alcohol is “killing” you, and it is a common cause of numerous health problems. There’s nothing wrong with having a glass of wine once in a while. But, that extra shot won’t do good to you.
A recent study confirmed that an average income earner drinks 9.5 liters of alcohol every year. Of course, this applies to those who aren’t addicted to alcohol. This number goes for those who drink when out with friends or after a stressful day at work. Are you part of the “average” group? Can you imagine spending 28 days without alcohol? The benefits are endless, and you better try it.
A group of volunteers gave up drinking alcohol for 28 days in January, and documented all the benefits they had. Their physical appearance changed, too.
Week 1: Increased appetite and sugar cravings
Most people eat a lot of food when drinking alcohol. Oh, we all love those late-night calorie-packed burritos.
But, you will definitely eat less after avoiding alcohol for a month. You will eat more at the beginning, and you will also deal with sugar cravings. It’s because your blood sugar drops.
The first week is always the worst. Volunteers had a drop in their blood sugar levels, and experienced headaches (hangover!).
Sleep quality suffers in the short term. If you had alcohol as a painkiller, you will also deal with pain.
It is really important that you stay strong and keep going. The “problems” will disappear in week 2.
Week 2: Better sleep and overall health
In week 2, everything will look better and brighter
Your sleep will improve, and your dark circles/puffiness will be gone. You will look healthier and younger.
Here are some of the less expected changes:
– Properly functioning urinary tract
– Lower production of saliva; Stronger tooth enamel and lower risk of cavities
– Improved taste and smell (remember, alcohol affects taste and smell receptors)
Week 3: Improvement of overall health
Your liver will thank you. Human liver recovers within three weeks.
Your skin complexion will improve and you will have less wrinkles as your circulation works better, and your body gets enough oxygen. Your skin color will change, and those fine lines will disappear.
There will be a decrease in the production of gastric acid. Excessive gastric acid affects digestion, causing numerous health problems.
Week 4: Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease/High confidence and better mental state
In week 4, average people lose 6-8 pounds, and the risk of cardiovascular disease goes down. The same applies to your waistline. Some people even bounce back from hypertension.
The skin is lighter and clearer – your water balance is great, and your circulatory system works properly.
Your confidence will go up, and your brain will work like crazy. In a good way, of course.
Alcohol destroys brain cells as it doesn’t get enough oxygen. Stop drinking, and the list of benefits will be endless.
Check out the before and after photo. Surprised much?
You won’t have much fun in week 1, but it’s definitely worth it.
“A month off is the perfect way to reset your relationship with alcohol. It only takes three weeks to break a habit, so this could be your route to happier, healthier drinking long-term,” explain experts at alcoholchange.org.
A 2018 research conducted by the Royal Free Hospital released in the British Medical Journal, quitting alcohol for a month can do wonders to your body:
– Lowe blood pressure
– Lower risk of disease
– Lower cholesterol
– Drop in blood protein levels (cancer protection)
– You save a lot of money (88% of all participants saved money)
– Improved sleep (77% of all participants slept better)
– Weight loss (58% of all participants lost weight)