Should I Be Drinking Less?

April 26, 2022

There are a variety of reasons why cutting back on alcohol consumption is a good idea. While having no alcohol in your diet is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle, it’s not realistic for many people. If you currently binge drink or drink excessively, consider these benefits of cutting back on alcohol.

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Benefits of Less Alcohol

Better Sleep

When drinking alcohol, your body spends less time in the restorative sleep stages. This doesn’t allow your body to get the proper rest it needs. You are also more likely to wake up early and stay awake when drinking alcohol.

Cutting back on alcohol will improve your quality of sleep and your general wellbeing. You might find yourself feeling less sick or under the weather.

 

More Energy

Piggybacking off of the concept mentioned above, drinking less will give your body more energy. It can make you feel tired, sluggish, and just generally not well. If you find yourself cutting back on alcohol, you might notice more energy throughout the day and less of a need for caffeine.

 

Improved Mood

Stress and anxiety plague our communities. With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health is at the front of everyone’s mind. Alcohol affects the neurotransmitters in your brain, which can affect your mental health.

Drinking less can improve your mood, making you happier and less stressed out. If you believe you need further help, contact a professional today.

 

Mental Clarity

Your work life can be impacted by drinking alcohol, even without being hungover. Regularly drinking every week can impact your quality of work, concentration, and ability to get things done. Similar to the above, consuming less alcohol will have you feeling less stressed and less “foggy.”

 

Slimmer Waist

Almost all alcoholic drinks are high in calories. If you are looking to lose weight, it’s important to start by cutting back on alcohol. Your skin will also improve by cutting back on alcohol. It will begin to look brighter and less dull.

Lastly, alcohol makes symptoms of IBS and your digestive system worse. Cutting back will make your stomach feel better and will reduce symptoms of heartburn and gastritis.

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