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Studies Show That Cutting Out Alchol Provides Several Benefits

Studies Show That Cutting Out Alchol Provides Several Benefits

Whether it’s for a new year resolution, a weight loss initative, or you just want to stop spending so much money on your drinking, cutting out alcohol could have some surprising medical benefits. The journal of Health Psychology recently published a study which showed that men and women who quit drinking for only thirty days saw continued results in the 180 days which followed.

Knowing that one month of living clean could have such a vast effect on your continued drinking is certainly an incentive to stop. There are a few more reasons to cut back this year, both for your physical and mental health.

Better Looking Skin and Hair

Having a few glasses of wine might leave you feeling on top of the world, but your outward appearance won’t always match the inside, especially if you drink often. By cutting back, you will begin to see physical improvements in your appearance. Prevention.com writes: “Alcohol also decreases the body’s production of antidiuretic hormone, which helps the body reabsorb water. (Less water in the body equals parched-looking skin.) Ruddiness in your cheeks and around your nose may also start to fade, and other skin conditions—such as dandruff, eczema, or rosacea—may also improve”

Unfortunately, drinking plenty of water with those beers won’t completely combat the issue, because your body is unable to absorb the levels of water required to stay hydrated.

Catch Better Z’s

It’s a common misconception that drinking alcohol before bed will help you sleep. On the contrary, alcohol can disrupt your body, making it difficult to slip into a full R.E.M. cycle. Medical News Today reports: Studies have shown that alcohol can disrupt sleep. Research reported by MNT in 2014, for example, found that drinking can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate sleepiness and wakefulness, which can lead to insomnia.

Those who drink in large quantities report restlessness, and an inability to stay asleep. Frequent waking, and an inability to fully rest can have a big impact on cell growth and regeneration. This is why it is so important to cut back on alcohol intake when sick, or healing from an injury.

Pick Up Your Spirit

Alcohol is known for its ability to take a quiet night and turn it into a party, which is why not everybody knows that alcohol is known as a “downer”, not an “upper.” This means that imbibing can lower your mood and cause you to have more intense feelings of a negative nature. Women’s Health Magazine states: “Since alcohol is by its nature a depressant, it can drag down the outlook of drinkers. Which means you should now start noticing increased mental clarity and much better moods.”

Drinking when you’re upset may sound like a good idea at first, but it has been proven to create an even more drastic sensation of anger, fear, sadness, or depression in those who imbibe.

Weight Loss

Both men and women who cut back on drinks this year will see a difference on the scale. Alcohol has its own set of calories to watch out for, especially if you mix your liquor with sugary drinks, or imbibe beer or wine, which are loaded with their own sugars.

The less alcohol you drink, the less empty calories you are taking in every day. Research has shown that some alcohol is worse for weight gain than others, but all tend to halt weight loss progress in excess.

Pregnancy and Hormones

Believe it or not, science has shown that drinking alcohol can have a negative impact for those women trying to get pregnant. When you stop drinking, or cut back, you give your body a better chance at conceiving healthily. Cutting back on alcohol when trying to conceive is helpful for both the man and the woman, although research points to the female having the biggest impact in terms of positive changes in the body when alcohol is avoided before trying to get pregnant.

If you are having trouble cutting alcohol out of your weekly routine, or you are curious to learn more about the benefits of quitting, talk to your physician. Most doctors will explain that a drink or two in moderation is fine, but drinking in excess can be problematic.

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