There are many benefits to not drinking alcohol, including lowered blood pressure, weight loss, increased brain power and more! Here are ten reasons why you should think twice before taking that next drink.
- Alcohol has a lot of calories:
One bottle of beer can have 240-300 calories or one glass of wine can have 150-200 calories. Consequently, drinkers put on weight which leads to a higher chance of developing diabetes and other health problems.
- Alcohol affects your sleep quality:
The chemicals in alcohol decrease the quantity and quality of sleep. You may feel tired during the day due to interrupted sleep at night.
- Alcohol can increase the risk of cancer:
Drinking alcohol is a major cause of six different kinds of cancer: mouth, throat, oesophagus, liver, colon and breast.
- Alcohol dehydrates your body:
This means that soon after you start drinking (and while you’re sleeping), you will be more thirsty and drink more.
- Alcohol affects your brain power:
A study found that even small amounts of alcohol can affect memory and other cognitive processes such as learning, attention and decision-making skills. This means it’s harder to learn new things or remember information when you’re hungover.
- It is bad for your skin:
Alcohol is involved in more than three quarters of all visits to skin doctors. Drinking alcohol can lead to acne, rosacea and redness around the nose.
- Alcohol harms your liver:
The liver is an organ that metabolises harmful substances so the body doesn’t have to. Excess alcohol puts a lot of stress on this vital organ.
- Alcohol can cause cancer in your mouth and throat:
This is one of the most common cancers worldwide and people who drink more than 50g of alcohol per day (that’s about two glasses) have a higher risk of suffering from this deadly disease.
- Alcohol can make you irritable:
Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows down the function of the central nervous system. So if you stop drinking or take it easy on your drinks, you will feel more alert and able to concentrate.
- Alcohol makes you do stupid things:
This is called being intoxicated or drunk. When you are under the influence of alcohol you are not in control of your actions so what happens after is not entirely your responsibility.
Alcohol has a lot of negative effects on the body, and not only that but it also affects your ability to do things like learn and remember information. If you stop drinking, you will feel more alert and focused as well as healthier and happier.