A board-certified LA-based physician, Damon Raskin, MD, says “Whether you want to clean up your diet, or you’re trying to nip a potential issue in the bud, giving up alcohol can be tough—but the benefits make it worth the effort.” This is something many people struggle with since getting addicted to drinking can be as easy as starting with a pint at the local sports bar after work with some colleagues. This one beer with friends can quickly and unsuspectingly turn into a few six packs at home in front of the television, which can manifest into becoming a full-fledged alcohol addiction.
Raskin also goes to mention that taking a break from drinking can be a very good idea, even if it’s just for a couple of weeks. This applies doubly to those who drink over the recommended daily limit of one and two drinks, for women and men respectively.
While there are some disadvantages to stopping drinking alcohol, the benefits are much more important and here are six of them for your benefit:
1. Increases Testosterone Production.
Did you know that drinking alcohol can cause your testosterone production to be suppressed? Not only does drinking damage your liver, but it also reduces your testosterone levels, leaving you with a heap of problems and issues that could have been easily fixed by stopping your alcohol consumption. If you stopped drinking alcohol, your testosterone levels would rise, leading to increased muscle mass, weight loss, energy, mental focus, improved mood and increased libido.
2. Improved Skin Health & Hydration.
Drinking alcohol also has another side effect that is often ignored, that is dry skin. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it makes you urinate more often, reducing your body’s water content. Drinking also causes the body’s production of the hormone, antidiuretic, to drop. This hormone is responsible for helping your body reabsorb water, leaving you with dry, parched-looking skin. If you stopped drinking, your skin would naturally become hydrated, and other skin conditions like eczema and dandruff can also improve.
3. Satisfied With Less Food For Meals.
New research published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that drinking alcohol can increase your eating by up to 30%. The study conducted on women who were infused with about two drinks worth of alcohol compared to those who were only given a saline infusion. The results found that even a slight intoxication heightened the brain activity in the hypothalamus, activating the sense of smell, leading to those women eating more. So, if you stop drinking, you will automatically eat less dinner, helping you get rid of the excess belly fat as well.
4. Able To Save More Money.
Drinking is an expensive affair, especially if you have preferences that cost a pretty penny like fine scotch or wine. Even if you are a beer drinker who drinks 3 pints a day, if you calculate your cost of drinking beer for a year, it can be quite an eye-opener.
5. Get Better Sleep.
In the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a recent study indicated that if a subject drank alcohol before going to sleep, they experienced disrupted sleep because their alpha wave patterns in the brain were increased. This translates to the state you are in when you are awake but resting. Other studies have also shown that while drinking alcohol can help get you to sleep faster, it can cause an adverse effect on the quality of your sleep. If you stopped drinking, you would experience an improvement in mood, mental focus, and concentration as well as better sleep and rest.
6. Effective Weight Loss.
Not only does drinking cause you to eat more, but it also contains a bucket load of calories. The average beer contains 153 calories, red wine contains 125 calories, and margarita contains over 300 calories while a piña colada contains more the 450 calories. There is also a study that found men to take in over 433 calories more on the days they drink alcohol while this number was found to be 300 calories for women. Imagine not taking in that many calories if you stopped drinking, wouldn’t you notice your excess fat dropping within weeks, all without doing any exercise or going on a diet?