With the New Year upon us, many have taken time to evaluate their goals. Often, we work towards goals such as better health, bettering relationships with loved ones, and financial security. Have you ever wondered what goal you can work on while simultaneously improving almost all aspects of your life? That’s right, you guessed correctly, quitting drinking. Below, you will find common but impactful reasons to give up drinking for the New Year.
- Better Sleep – Quitting drinking can help with falling asleep, especially for those that struggle with this! With continued use, consumption of 2-3 drinks can dramatically disturb overall sleep. According to the sleepfoundation.org, drinking prevents REM, disrupts your breathing by promoting snoring, and causes frequent bathroom trips at night. By quitting drinking, the before-mentioned things will no longer be an issue.
- Better Health – Great sleep is important, but have you considered what having better overall health will do for you? Drinking puts a strain on most vital organs. WebMD states, “heavy drinking can make you more likely to get serious health problems like liver disease, cancer, and peptic ulcers, among others.” All of this sounds … well painful, and overtime, drinking could lead to organs such as the liver, kidneys, and heart to shut down. By quitting drinking, you’re increasing your odds that your body will remain in relatively strong health for years to come.
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- Improved Quality of Relationships with Loved Ones – Research has shown that in general drinking can have a detrimental effect on relationships. This is likely because drinking can be offensive to friends and family. For instance, if indulging too much happens frequently, friends and family must shoulder extra responsibilities. This could mean they always have to bail you out of trouble, take care of you when you’re intoxicated, as well as consistently worry about your well-being. Let’s make 2019 better for you and your loved ones.
- Save Money – This one goes without saying. Instead of spending money on alcohol whenever you go out, you can save. Let’s look at it this way: typically, let’s say you only have 1-2 drinks when going out, with each drink costing $10 or more. If you were to go out once a week, for a month, you would be spending at least $80 a month on drinks. With those figures, by quitting drinking, you would be saving about $960 per year. Wouldn’t it feel better to see these coins added to your bank account for living expenses? Towards paying off student loans? Or better yet, what about putting those funds towards a fun vacation to the Caribbean, Asia, or Europe? If you find this hard to believe, just try it and see. Let’s not forget the more expensive cost of getting arrested for a DUI or other legal problems that could arise from drinking alcohol.
- Lose Weight – Did you know that consuming alcohol before or after meals can cause you to eat more calories? Alcohol has also been proven to be linked with weight gain. Most alcoholic beverages have a high calorie count due to ingredients such as processed sugars. This, overtime or with excessive use promotes overeating, which can ultimately lead to gaining more weight in the New Year.
Whether you have a healthy or unhealthy relationship with alcohol, quitting drinking can truly change your quality of life. It may be easier for some to do, but the benefits are long-lasting and advantageous. To learn more about alcohol addiction, as well as treatment click here.
Author: Samantha Golding – Footprints to Recovery – Admissions Coordinator