What could you gain by giving up… Alcohol?
Monday 4th January 2016
We all know someone who has given up drink for a month. But can it make a difference to your health?
There are two major potential health benefits from passing on alcohol for a month or so.
Your liver is one of the only organs that can regenerate itself within weeks and small studies have shown that people who gave up alcohol for a month saw liver fat and cholesterol reduced.
And if you’re trying to shed a few pounds, cutting out alcohol can be a great way to reduce calorie intake. There are around 126 calories in a small (175ml) glass of wine, 170 in a pint of beer or 237 in an alcopop. By dropping four glasses of wine a week, you’ll cut over 2,000 extra calories from your diet.
You may also see your sleep, concentration and mood improve. Drink Aware, the independent charity, also suggests that giving up for a short period will help you find out more about your relationship with alcohol. As many as 1.5 million people in Britain are thought to be dependent on alcohol.
If you are worried about drinking too much alcohol, visit your GP, who will be able to give you information about how to quit, as well as local support services.
Those taking part in an experiment to give up alcohol for 5 weeks at the New Scientist saw liver fat reduced, cholesterol reduced, blood glucose go down and sleep & concentration improve. Find out more.
Mental benefits of giving up are important as they show whether you are dependent on alcohol. 1.5 million people in England are thought to be in this position. You will feel generally better, sleep better, be less stressed and find you have more time for other things. And as a result, will see the benefits of changing your behaviour. Find out more.
Drink aware explore the benefits of taking a break from alcohol. Find out more.
Real life testimonials from people who have cut down their alcohol intake. Find out more.