The benefits to reducing your alcohol intake will vary from one person to the next. Some people will have specific things in mind such as improving their physical health, while others may want a bit of extra cash in their pocket to spend on other things.
Many people who have accessed Barod for support around alcohol use and achieved their goals have identified the following benefits:
Better sleep – Alcohol disrupts your sleep and therefore can make you feel tired the next day. This is primarily due to alcohol interfering with your neurotransmitter, glutamine, a natural stimulant. Alcohol supresses this, but once you stop drinking and are ready for bed, the production of glutamine is ‘revved up’ again, meaning you are likely to be tossing and turning throughout the night, while also being easily woken.
Improved physical health – Alcohol affects most parts of you body, none more so than your liver. Heavy drinking over a long period of time can also lead to significant issues with many of your organs including the development of liver cirrhosis and alcohol related brain damage (ARBD). For more on ARBD can be found within our ‘Grey Matters‘ campaign.
Improved mental health – Many people have identified alcohol as having a detrimental effect on their mental health, whether that be rising anxiety levels or experiencing depression-like symptoms.
More energy – Alcohol is known to be full of calories and has no nutritional value and so by reducing your drinking could help you improve your diet. With that in mind, as well as the benefits mentioned above, you are more likely to enjoy the things you do, whether that be spending time with the family or doing certain hobbies and activities.
More money – Drinking alcohol can be costly, regardless of how much you drink. Therefore, by reducing your intake can lead to you having more money in your back pocket.
Improved relationships – It can be hard to see a loved one be negatively affected by alcohol use and therefore it can put strain on relationships. Reducing alcohol consumption could mean more quality time spent with family and friends.
Martin’s story – Check out what benefits Martin has experienced, since he stopped drinking