There’s a reason why sober October has become such a phenomenon. Whether it’s saving money or getting healthy again, the positives far outweigh the negatives when it comes to leaving the drink behind as we approach the festive period of the year.
Here are a few of the potential benefits of giving up alcohol for a month (or even longer, if it pleasantly surprises you!):
It could improve your sleep patterns
It’s common knowledge that the quality of our sleep is adversely affected by the excessive consumption of alcohol. Constant disturbances and low level of rest for both the body and the mind lead to tiredness and fatigue the next day, which can turn into a vicious cycle.
It takes the body one hour to process each unit of alcohol, so removing it altogether from your diet means that you won’t be giving your system unnecessary work to do whilst you’re supposed to be resting.
What’s more, it could also help with the reduction of snoring!
It could give you more energy
Better rest means better energy and better energy means better productivity – in theory, we should really be able to get more done with our days without alcohol holding us back.
The sedative properties of alcohol mean that you can easily and quite quickly feel lethargic, even after just one drink, so you can see how good a whole month off will be for your energy levels.
Eating and drinking healthier is easier without alcohol
Many of our favourite alcoholic drinks contain ingredients that could trigger food intolerance symptoms, such as barley, wheat and hops in beer and grapes in wine.
An intolerance to alcohol itself is very rare, but some people’s bodies may exhibit inflammatory responses to the proteins that can be found in the various ingredients of alcoholic drinks.
By cutting alcohol out of your diet, you may be able to cut out potential trigger foods so that your body gets more of what it needs and less of what it doesn’t.
Without booze, you’ll naturally drink more water throughout October, which means the efficiency of your digestive system could improve and your overall health and complexion could improve, too.
Your body could store less fat
Nutritionists often refer to alcohol as ‘empty calories’ in that it provides an abundance of energy with a complete absence of the nutrition required to keep the body functioning properly.
Alcohol delays the process of fat burning in the body, so it can naturally lead to the storage of excess fat if too much of it is consumed on a regular basis.
That’s why weight loss can be a potential outcome for people who stop drinking, but we must state here that for those who drink heavily, a GP’s advice must be taken before quitting altogether, as this could lead to other side effects.
What are the most popular non-alcoholic drinks?
Non-alcoholic drinks in pubs aren’t exactly hard to come by these days. Almost every major brand has introduced alternatives to their traditionally alcoholic beverages in recent years and, given the continued growth of the industry, more are likely to follow.
There are many beers to choose from now and all you have to do is ask the bar staff in most establishments and they’ll talk you through the range of options.
If beer isn’t your thing, there’s an array of mocktails that have taken the market by storm, too. The juice-based alternatives to classic cocktails are healthier and often cheaper than their counterparts, so fitting easy non-alcoholic cocktails into your social life is easier than telling Tom Collins you’re not his drinking buddy any more.