More and more people are quitting alcohol and going sober, even after "Dry January".
According to the Office for National Statistics (UK);
Since 2005, teetotalism has increased for those aged 16 to 44 years and fallen for those aged 65 and over. (1)
So why are people all over the UK saying no to a pint and what are they getting out of it?
Let's get straight to the point. It costs money to drink alcohol, and the average cost of a pint is more than most British people expect (2). Solution? Stop drinking and save money.
Saving pounds while losing pounds. A win-win situation. Alcohol is made from fermented fruits, starch and sugar and some pints can contain up to 250 calories per pint. The body cannot store alcohol so has to burn it, meaning that other sources of energy get stored as fat. Not to mention what we like to eat for a hangover cure. (3)
This is self-explanatory. Nobody likes being hungover.
Alcohol dehydrates the body. Your skin will become dry and will overproduce oil to compensate for the lack of water. With alcohol believed to have effects on hormones, this can leave you prone to spots and breakouts. As the drink free days go by, you'll start to notice a difference in how clearer your skin will be.
Alcohol disrupts your sleep. From affecting your internal biological clock (circadian rhythm) to more trips to the bathroom. Once you kick the nightcap, then you will see an improvement in your quality and quantity of sleep. With a better nights sleep, you'll feel more awake the next day which will lead to being more productive. (4)
Alcohol affects your mood, and each person will react differently. It has been linked to contributing to the effects of anxiety and depression. Stopping drinking can help improve your mood. (5)
Feeling better both mentally and physically are just some of the benefits that you will reap from not drinking alcohol. Brilliant for your budget and your health.
Have you experienced any of the above? Let me know in the comments below.