This year, many people will conjure up some outlandish and unattainable New Years resolutions.
While these types of goals are, in essence, a fantastic notion, “they il be” oftentimes abandonedbefore the month of January is even over.
But dont fret. New Years resolvings are, in fact, realistic, if defined goals are attainable and taken in newborn steps.
A common resolve is to give up an addictive substance, whether its cigarettes, coffee or booze.
Start by viewing your resolvings as attainable goals.
Initially, it seems like a great notion to think long-term about giving up an addictive substance. However, an excellent starting point is taking part in Dry January.
The concept of Dry January is simple. You can have no alcohol the whole month of January.
Thats 31 days without any liquor. That isnt so long, right? Well, that depends on your personal level of overconsumption and the length of period youve been binge-drinking.
For me, my first stab at Dry January was last year.
While I was successful at going the entire month of January without a drop-off of alcohol, I cant say it was easy.
Honestly, “its one” of the most difficult things Ive ever done in my blossoming, young adult life.
I noticed many side effects of discontinuing drinking cold turkey, and they will likely be experienced by most people taking on Dry January 😛 TAGEND
1. Withdrawals are real.
About 17. 6 million Americans abuse alcohol or are dependent on the substance.
Thats the equivalent of about one in every 12 adults.
Even if you dont think you are quite at the point of alcoholism, the first two weeks of discontinuing drinking can be astonishingly challenging: both physically and mentally.
While alcoholism has never wholly taken over my life, Id be lying if I said I didnt have at least a few brews most evenings.
This is not shameful. Its a route I unwind after a hard day of work.
But this had the potential to become problematic in the long run.
Its not easy to watch your friends around you drink while youre trying not to.
Every time you pass a brewery or a bar, your brain will likely debate discontinue and grabbing a quick drink.
The same can be said about walking past the brew cooler or wine section while at the grocery store.
We all have our particular vices, and thats okay.
We have longings. When this really is put on the back burner, many people experience withdrawal symptoms.
The following are some common withdrawal symptoms 😛 TAGEND
– Elevated temperature
– Increased blood pressure, breathing rate and pulse
– Excessive sweating
– Anxiety and depression
– Decreased energy and metabolism
– Impressions of aggressivenes or hostility
– Declined sex interest or function
– Sleep disruption and nightmares
These symptoms are typically only present for a maximum of a few weeks.
Many of these effects flip-flop tenfold once the body and intellect are comfortable functioning without any alcohol.
2. You’ll have better sleep.
While insomnia may be an initial side effect of discontinuing drinking, sleep quality usually substantially increases in the long run.
An in-depth review of 27 believable studies found that while alcohol can initially cause people to fall asleep quickly and profoundly, it drastically affects sleep quality after that initial restful span.
It may be a challenge to fall asleep sober at first, but the improved level of sleep you get from not falling asleep drunk leaves you much more rested than ever before.
3. You’ll find a clearer complexion.
Westlake Dermatology points out some largely negative impacts alcohol consumption has on skin quality and longevity of young-looking skin.
Alcohol, especially in excessive quantities, impacts skin health because it causes dehydration and blood vessel dilation.
In cases of pre-existing skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis, drinking alcohol can cause flare ups and other complications.
4. There will be a noticeable boost in your bank account.
For me, this was hands down the best part of discontinuing drinking.
I was blown away by how much extra money I had after I quit hitting the bottle so frequently. I saved hundreds of dollars every paycheck.
The thing is, while I dont consider myself to be a downtown junkie or bar regular, I do have one expensive vice: I perfectly love craft beer.
As most people know, that doesnt come cheap.
Even though I typically buy brew from stores and avoid the added cost the bar scene presents, I was eating at least a six-pack of craft brew a night during my peak.
I was expending $10 a night on brew on average if I restriction myself to a six-pack.
Thats a very substantial amount of money. It’s approximately how much I typically spend on food every day.
I was expending hundreds of dollars a month on beer.
When I cut that expense out of my life, I was happily surprised by how much fund I had.
5. You will lose weight.
Drinking oftentimes arrives at a price, to its implementation of caloric intake.
Most alcoholic drink have hundreds of calories, and can contain a lot of gluten and other unhealthy ingredients.
When a multitude of drinkings are devoured, the calories can quickly stack up.
These calories — paired with the phenomenon of “drunk munchies” — can result in much more intake than planned.
If youre curious about how many calories you drink in a night, utilize this handy alcohol calorie calculator after a night of drinking.
6. Your liver will love you.
Its pretty much common knowledge that alcohol is filtered through the human liver.
Its the magical organ that builds getting drunk possible and safe, as it processes our alcoholic tendencies.
However, too much alcohol is extremely harsh on the liver, and forces-out it to produce a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde. This enzyme injuries liver cells, and can even cause permanent scarring in some cases.
Furthermore, fatty liver disease is caused by overconsumption of alcohol. This is a serious matter.
Fatty liver can cause a plethora of problems, including inflammation of the body and pre-diabetes. It can even put you at a greater risk of having a heart attack.
When those with fatty liver disease quit drinking, the liver fat lessens to an average of15 percent, with some participants losing up to 20 percent.
7. Your productivity will skyrocket.
It may seem like common sense that limiting excessive drinking and all the attributed byproducts( late nights out, hangovers, etc) will equate to more productive days.
However, its pretty staggering just how far a proper sleep schedule and a fully sober intellect will get you during your work week.
I started a new office chore last year while I was experimenting with Dry January for the first time, and Ive never felt such instant success in the workplace.
Its like I became a more robust, sharper version of myself.
In addition to not drinking, I took other productivity tips-off to heart. I began to hold myself much more accountable in the workplace.
This gave me a big boost in confidence.
8. Your hangovers cease to exist.
This last one is definitely obvious.
But simply think about how much better youll feel and how much extra period youll have if “youve never” have to face a brutal hangover again.
Personally, I think back to some examples of hangovers from my life.
I have spent full days on the bathroom floor in unrelenting pain.
Those hangovers that seem to last for days are on par with food poisoning and the stomach flu.
The all-day-hangover lifestyle is not a glamorous one. Rather, it is a nauseating one.
Although we are already well into the first week of January, its not too late to experiment with going a month without alcohol.
Consider taking a break from your binge-drinking.
If you find these efforts to be worthwhile, post your experience in specific comments section of this article.