Quitting alcohol can have many benefits. Did you know that regularly drinking more than 14 units per week risks damaging your health?
Here are my top reasons for cutting down on, or totally quitting drinking alcohol.
Quitting Alcohol for Better Digestion
Alcohol slows down peristalsis, the movements that shunt things through your digestive system – this can result in numerous digestive issues. Many alcoholic drinks can also cause food intolerances, and flare up imbalances in the microbes in your gut, worsening IBS type symptoms.
Calories in Alcohol
Most alcoholic drinks are high in calories, if you are trying to manage your weight, cutting out alcohol might be a great way to reduce your calorie intake in a healthy way.
Does Alcohol Affect Mental Health?
Drinking regularly for a prolonged period of time can affect your mental health. Alcohol is a known depressant. If you suffer from anxiety or depression quitting alcohol may reduce the feelings you have in association with these conditions. Alcohol crosses the blood brain barrier which is what gives you the feelings of being drunk. This may seem like a good thing but it isn’t – it’s toxic to your brain cells and can lead to memory problems, balance and coordination.
Energy Levels and Alcohol
Alcohol can lower your blood sugar as it actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce glucose which is why you may feel fatigued and weak! Blood sugar imbalance can then cause further cravings for alcohol, sugar, caffeine and other substances that are addictive and give you a temporary lift, and send you off on a blood sugar rollercoaster, needing more and more to help you feel ok.
If you are quitting alcohol the good news is you will be hangover free. Did you know a hangover is caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalance as a direct result of the alcohol drank? Alcohol can also cause low blood sugar.
Cutting out alcohol will improve your sleep. After drinking alcohol, it may feel like you have had a good sleep – in fact, some people tell me they use it to get to sleep, but the sleep state it puts you into is not a restorative one. Kick the booze and you’ll have more energy!