Quitting alcoholic drinks – for at least one month only – is associated with major changes in human health, which may extend to lowering the risk of cancer, promoting heart health, and even better sex.
If you frequently drink alcoholic beverages, you may be interested in knowing how your body might change if you stop drinking beer, wine, and alcoholic beverages for a while.
To give an idea of what happens when you stop drinking, here are 15 benefits of not drinking alcohol, according to the American Eat This, Not That site.
1. Eat much less
Alcohol causes weight gain, most of it can be attributed to extra empty calories, but there are other factors as well.
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Research shows that drinking alcohol can also increase your appetite for high-calorie foods. According to a study by the American Journal Appetite Journal, people who consumed only half of a dose of alcohol (20 grams) consumed 11 percent more than those who abstained from it.
2. Get more energy
Having better sleep makes people eat better, according to a 2013 study published in the American journal Nutrition & Diabetes that drinking alcohol leads to shorter sleep and less quality.
According to the study, each 30-minute sleep disability caused people to eat an additional 83 calories.
3. Reducing the risk of liver damage and diabetes
In 2013, 14 workers in the American magazine New Scientist, whose drinks ranged from eight to 64 bottles of 12 ounces a week, got a short-term break from alcohol.
Ten people gave up alcohol for five weeks, four others did not, the University of College London liver and digestive health doctors tested their blood before and after the study.
Doctors discovered that abstinence-specific liver fat – which predicts liver damage – decreased by 15 to 20 percent, and levels of blood glucose uptake – a major factor in diabetes – decreased by an average of 16 percent.
4. Sleep better
Although wine can make you sleep at first, it disturbs your eyesight closely.
This conclusion was reached by reviewing 27 studies on this topic, and another recent study in the American journal “Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research” found that bedtime drinking increases the patterns of alpha waves in the brain, so if you want to sleep, these waves do not Help with that.
But once you stop drinking alcohol, you will get a better sleep and start feeling refreshed and intense.
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5. Reduces cravings for food
A study in the journal Nature found that wine can lead to cravings for food.
“Agrp” neurons have been found, which are usually activated by hunger and lead to severe hunger, due to alcohol consumption.
6. Improve digestion
Alcohol can adversely affect the digestion process – even in relatively small doses – by changing the stomach secretion of stomach acid as well as its intestinal motility; The ability of stomach muscles to destroy ingested food.
When these functions are impaired, problems with the digestion process occur, as studies have shown that mixing alcohol with food can slow down digestion while excessive stomach acid production can cause stomach irritation.
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7. Increase metabolism
When you consume alcohol, the body uses ethanol for energy, not other sources like fat, so avoiding alcoholic drinks causes the body to burn carbohydrates and then belly fat.
8. Make the body more moist
Alcohol is a diuretic drink, which means that it works to get the body out of water from water through urine, and avoiding alcohol means that the body can keep an adequate amount of water for hydration.
9. Get better complexion
Alcohol is a diuretic, which gets rid of fluids from your body, but unlike tea and coffee, which are also diuretics, alcohol reduces the body’s production of the anti-diuresis hormone that helps the body reabsorb water.
This will appear on your face, after a few days of abstaining from alcohol use, you will notice that the spray appears more moisturizing and this may also lead to treatment of skin diseases such as dandruff or eczema and others.
10. Improve heart health
According to the American Heart Association, drinking alcohol can raise the level of triglycerides and fats in the blood.
This can lead to plaque buildup in arteries and heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Current Opinion in Lipidology, drinking wine is closely related to increased fat.
11. Reducing the risk of stroke and nerve damage
Excessive drinking can lead to stroke and neuropathy, as the American Heart Association says that regular excessive drinking can raise blood pressure and cause arrhythmia over time.
According to the US National Institute of Health, excessive alcohol consumption directly damages nerves.
12. Improve performance at work
In a study of the American Journal of New Scientist, participants who stopped drinking alcohol for 30 days reported an 18 percent increase in focus and a 17 percent performance increase in their jobs.
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13. Reducing cholesterol levels
In the New Scientist scientific study, employees who quit alcohol found that their cholesterol levels decreased an average of 5 percent in just 30 days, because abstinence helped their bodies get rid of bad triglycerides.
14. Better sexual ability
Although a glass or two of wine or some cocktails may seem to set the mood, it’s actually a frustration.
This can affect a man’s ability to obtain and maintain an erection, and it can also inhibit sexual desire in women.
And while all alcoholic drinks affect the liver’s ability to get rid of excess estrogen, beer contains phytoestrogens, which is a plant-derived estrogen that inhibits growth and fertility.
15. Reducing the risk of cancer
According to the American National Cancer Institute, drinking alcohol has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancers of the mouth, liver, breast, colon and rectum – the risk increases as the level of drinking increases.