Giving up alcohol can be difficult, but its advantages deserve the effort. According to a Los-Angeles based physician, Damon Raskin, who is board certified in addiction medicine;
“Taking a break from drinking alcohol even if it is just for a couple of weeks, the idea is useful, particularly if you have formed the habit of taking more the recommended limit per day”.
The recommended daily unit is two drinks a day for men. Keith Richard was an addict who pulled the plug when he was 74 years, and the change was noticed by him, and those who were around him.
According to Ronnie Wood, a fellow rolling stone guitarist;
“The shift has made Richards more of a pleasure to work with”.
Generally, it is not easy to quit taking alcohol, both for the long term and short term addicts. But when one quits, his life is not usually the same as it was, when he was an addict.
Here are a few things that are likely to happen to anyone who gives up alcohol.
Decline in the Risks of Cancer.
Multiple studies have shown that, moderate consumption of intoxicating beverages may lower your odds of heart trouble. The risk goes up with high intake.
The National Institute of cancer, has linked alcoholics to an increased risk of mouth, liver, colon, and rectum cancer.
Clearing Up of Skin in the Absence of Alcohol.
According to Dr. Raskin,
“alcohol is diuretic, causing you to urinate more”.
It also lowers the production of an antidiuretic hormone, which helps the body reabsorb water.
So, when alcohol intake is stopped, the body becomes more hydrated and also the skin. Hydration is very essential for healthy skin.
Alcohol and sugar levels boost levels of a chemical called dopamine.
Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter, associated with reward-motivated behavior. It is often referred to as the feel-good neurotransmitter. It is very likely that, when one substance that causes happy-making chemicals to float around your brain is given up, you will be more likely to reach out for another.
Weight Loss in the Absence of Alcohol.
Most alcohols have credit for their levels of calories. One margarita alone may contain 300 calories or more. Men who are alcoholics, consume more than 500 calories a day.
When one quits, and without high-calorie dessert, weight loss is very visible.
More Sound Sleep.
A review of 27 studies found that, while the intake of alcoholic beverages may help people fall asleep faster and deeper, it does not do well with sleep quality, more than the point of that initial resting period.
Another study that is more recent on alcoholism reported that, drinking before bed increases alpha wave patterns in the brain; a kind of cerebral activity that usually occur when you are awake but resting. So, if the intake of alcohol is stopped, sleep will start getting more refreshing, and high in quality.
Giving up Alcohol May Result to Eating Less Dinner.
A new study published in obesity reported that, alcohols heighten our senses. It was found that when people receive an alcohol infusion, equal to about two drinks, they ate 30 percent more food than those who received a saline solution.
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, alcohol is one of the biggest drivers of overeating.
A very mild intoxication can increase activity in the hypothalamus, causing increased sensitivity to food.
Having More Money.
Drinking is very expensive. Alcoholic wines are not cheap. So, if quit, you tend to start having higher savings, than the one you had when you were drinking.