After working the entire week, many people go to bars or other places to socialize and unwind. Alcohol is used as a tool to relax and unwind. Adults are permitted to consume alcohol, but some indulge in it too much. Heavy drinking will lead to health issues and there is a need to cut back drinking to preserve health.
There are benefits of cutting down on alcohol that many people do not know about. Here are some:
Alcohol consumption can lead to weight gain. Cutting back on alcohol will help one lose weight. Studies have shown that women gain 300 calories due to moderate drinking (1 drink/day). Nutritionists are also of the opinion that drinking alcohol in moderation results in poor diets.
Heavy drinking results in sleeping in intervals, dreaming more than usual, waking up early and not sleeping again. Cutting down on alcohol helps one sleep soundly.
When you consume alcohol, it drains water from your body. The skin is dehydrated and makes it look unhealthy and could result in diseases like eczema. When you decide to reduce your alcohol intake, the skin is rehydrated enabling it to be healthier.
Drinking in excess interferes with normal brain functions making one susceptible to sadness during drinking sessions and after sobering up. Drinking also makes one anxious. Reducing your alcohol intake will improve your mood making you enjoy life better.
Improved Sex Performance
Alcohol consumption directly lowers the performance of your body organs. It is true that alcohol can increase sexual urges, but it affects the performance of your sex organs. Reducing alcohol intake will drastically improve one’s sex life.
A Healthy Digestive System
Alcohol also affects the digestion tract, sometimes causing diarrhea which drains water from the body. Stomachaches are also associated with alcohol consumption.
Reduced Chances of Getting Cancer
Consuming alcohol leads to the development of cancerous cells in the internal organs like the liver. When you reduce the intake, then cancer risks are reduced.
Improved Dental Health
Alcohol is the second most cited reason for teeth decay and sores in the mouth. Reduction in alcohol consumption will be helpful in avoiding decay or sores in the mouth.
Saving money is one of the most practical effects when you cut back drinking. Alcohol comes with entertainment, more social friends, and addiction. These are all expenses. You have to buy for friends, pay for entertainment, and serve your urges. Hence, alcohol reduction makes your bank account healthier.
Dr. Cidambi is a leader in addiction treatment and innovator of safe and effective ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification level of care for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and suboxone. Prior to founding the Center for Network Therapy, she completed her residency in Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York. Due to the successful detoxification program, Dr. Cidambi was featured frequently by media outlets, including NPR, CBS, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal.