Giving up alcohol for just one month has many health benefits. In the U.K., there is even a campaign called Dry January in which participants stay away from spirits all month long.
One of the most visible benefits is weight loss, especially after the Christmas and New Year’s feasts. Experts explained that booze is rich in the so-called ‘empty calories’ which don’t help the body at all, especially when it comes to nutritional value. This means that drinking too much alcohol paired with an unhealthy diet can make us fat in the long run.
For instance, a bottle of beer may contain 200 kcal, which is the equivalent of a bag of chips.
You can check how much calories you can save by trimming on alcohol by checking this online alcohol calculator. Simple math can show that one month of deprivation could save you up to 10,000 calories or a four days’ worth of food.
Alcohol Deprivation Tied to Better Sleep
What’s more, an alcohol-free month can improve your sleep patterns as you can fall asleep faster since the body’s natural rhythms are not disturbed. Booze, on the other hand, can cause sleep disturbances and leave you tired.
Staying away from alcohol can also boost your level of energy as you will no longer have to deal with hangovers. In a recent study, two-thirds of volunteers reported higher levels of energy after staying alcohol-free for only one month.
If you abstain, you’d also notice that you have a better complexion since alcoholic drinks can dehydrate your body and your skin, just like coffee. Just switch from alcoholic beverages to plain water to see your skin thrive.
And there is one more important benefit to giving up alcohol for a month: saving tons of cash. You can do your bank balance a huge favor if you cut out alcoholic drinks, especially if you spend a lot of money on drinks.
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