Drinking is pretty much a social habit. We’re so used to drinking in social gatherings that the Sunday hangover is already part of the weekend. Living a sober life doesn’t have to be complicated, and it has some benefits.
It’s Sunday, past breakfast time and maybe Brunch time; then you open your eyes… You’re in bed with a banging headache, the stomach is lurking and you can’t remember a thing about the night before. Do you recognize this scenario? Have you experienced this more times than you can recall? Well, me too.
Even for social drinkers, one beer leads to two, leading to three and four, and when you realize you’re already drunk. Don’t wait until Dry January to try sobriety. Have a look at the benefits of living a sober life and check what’s best for you.
You’re More Focused
Going alcohol-free increases your productivity, focus, and energy levels. That’s because heavy drinking affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for processing memory, organizing information, and thinking more clearly.
You won’t have to try and recall the things you said and did the night before as you were too drunk to remember. Since the mind is clearer, you’re able to think twice before taking a decision and rarely will decide something out of impulse.
Alcohol interferes with our body’s ability to process nutrients and eat correctly. It affects it all from appropriate digestion to nutrition absorption. When sober, we tend to make healthier options and eat more nutritious and healthier foods.
Boost Immune System
Alcohol affects so many chemical processes in our bodies to function correctly, and the immune system is another part of it. It interferes with the production of white cells and gut bacterias — the latter being the powerhouse of our immune system.
You’ll learn how to say no to things that no longer serve you. Because alcohol can be a significant energy drainer, now that you have more “free” energy to focus on other things, you’ll be able to set boundaries and stand up for yourself.
Better Mental Health
Quitting alcohol can be more challenging for some people more than others. Because that’s why so many people find it hard to create a connection and socialize, being sober might also mean changing the current lifestyle. When you achieve your goal, if it’s to get sober, you’ll feel more confident and this will improve your mental health as well.
Reduce Risks of Developing Cardiovascular Diseases
Heavy drinkers are about twice as likely to have a cardiovascular event within 24 hours and six times more prone to have it within a week than those who don’t drink alcohol. Furthermore, alcohol misuse increases some heart problems such as Myocardial infarction and heart failure.
You “Gain” More Time
Now you don’t need to waste your precious time off turning around in bed because your head is about to explode. Don’t miss the early and beautiful hours of the weekend and don’t compromise any of your time or yourself.