5 Benefits to Alcohol Free Living
Removing Alcohol is a Life Bonus
On Christmas Eve, my wife and I hit 900 days of sobriety, a cool milestone in a string of many we’ve hit since removing alcohol from our lives on 7-7-2020.
Since getting alcohol out of the picture, each of us has found nothing but positive consequences to the decision; it begs the question, why do so many continue to drink to excess, suffering preventable pain at the hand of this addictive, cancer-causing, life-ending poison?
I’m not taking a “holier than thou” position here, though it may come across that way.
I was binge drinking from 13-33 years old; I have no place to judge; I’m throwing this rope to you as someone who has climbed out of that hole, breaking free from the clutches of this addiction, and life has been nothing short of better ever since…
And I want that for you.
5 Benefits of Sober Living
Alcohol is consumed worldwide, and while the image portrayed of those who partake is camaraderie, joy, laughter, masculinity, and “fun”, alcohol is also a source of harm and preventable death to roughly 100,000 people yearly.
While some can moderate drinking, and they love to tell me that I’m the problem, abstaining from alcohol altogether can have a number of positive effects on everyone’s health and well-being. It’s important to note that those who struggle with the liquid poison don’t have a problem; they’re addicted to an addictive substance - those who don’t develop a habit have a unique physiological response.
Here are some of the benefits of not drinking alcohol.
1. Improved Mental Health
Alcohol is both a stimulant and a depressant, meaning it can have a negative effect on your mental health after convincing you that it’s an “upper”.
Abstaining from alcohol can help to improve your mood and reduce the risk of depression and anxiety. Sobriety offers what alcohol sells, inner peace.
It can also help to improve your sleep quality, which is essential for good mental health.
2. Improved Physical Health
Alcohol can have a negative impact on your physical health, increasing your risk of developing certain diseases (not limited to every form of cancer) and conditions.
Abstaining from alcohol can help to reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, and liver disease. It can also help to improve your overall physical health, as it can help to reduce inflammation and improve your immune system.
How many times in the past year alone have you sabotaged your diet because of late-night munchies stirred on by late-night drinking?
It’s not just the booze; it’s the drinking culture overall.
3. Improved Cognitive Function
Alcohol can harm your cognitive function, impairing your ability to think clearly and make decisions.
Living alcohol-free can help to improve your cognitive function, allowing you to think more clearly and make better decisions.