Last updated on July 19th, 2018
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. It 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 unsuspectingly turn into a few packs, which can manifest as becoming a full-fledged drunker. Raskin also mentions that taking a break from drinking can be a very good idea, even for a few weeks. This applies to those who drink over the recommended daily limit of one and two drinks, for both genders respectively.
While there are some disadvantages to stopping drinking alcohol, the benefits are much more important. So here are the six benefits that you would like to know:
1. Increases Testosterone Production.
Did you know that drinking alcohol can suppress your testosterone production? Not only does drinking damage your liver, but it also reduces your testosterone levels. This leaves you with a heap of problems and issues that could have been easily fixed by stopping alcohol consumption. If you stopped drinking alcohol, your testosterone levels would rise again. This leads to increased muscle mass, weight loss, energy, mental focus, improved mood and increased libido.
2. Improved Skin Health & Hydration.
Excess drinking can cause adverse effects on the skin and makes it dry, rough and unhealthy. 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. Blocking alcohol consumption can reduced skin conditions like eczema and dandruff.
3. Satisfied With Less Food For Meals.
New research published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that drinking alcohol can increase food consumption by 30%. The study conducted on women who were infused with two drinks of alcohol compared to women given a saline infusion. The results found that even a slight intoxication heightened the brain activity in the hypothalamus. It activates the sense of smell, leading to those women eating more. So, if you stop drinking, you will automatically eat less, helping you get rid of the excess belly fat.
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. If you are a beer drinker, calculate the cost of beers 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. But it can also cause an adverse effect on the quality of your sleep. If you stopped drinking, you would experience improved mood, 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. A beer contains 153 calories, red wine contains 125 calories, margarita over 300 calories and piña colada has 450 calories. A study found that men consume over 433 and women consume 300 calories while consuming alcohol a day.
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?