Why Ditching Alcohol Is Becoming More Popular

Growing up as kids, lots of us witnessed our parents and the young adults in our lives indulging in alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, or various other forms of liquor. People would gather for family events, social events, or even sporting events and drinking would be involved. For thousands of years, humans have been drinking alcohol, overtime it has become a social aspect of life for a variety of cultures and backgrounds. It’s not until more recently that studies have been coming out about the impacts (both short and long-term) that alcohol has on the body. In small doses, alcohol acts as a stimulant, but overall alcohol is a depressant and slows down communication between the brain and body. The World Health Organization published an article last year stating, “no level of alcohol consumption is good for our health.” In fact, the substance has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This may come as a surprise, how can something that is actively part of of our cultures and socialization be this harmful? Well, it’s with this emerging information that more and more people are opting to ditch alcohol and take on soberiety. 

In this blog post, we are going to go in more detail about the impact alcohol has on the brain and body and mention some natural and healthier alternatives to alcohol.

If you’re interested to learn more or want to make the switch from alcohol to sobriety, keep on reading!

Negative Health Impacts From Alcohol Consumption

Short-term effects:

Did you know that within 5 minutes of your first sip of alcohol you begin to feel the effects? The first place that alcohol impacts is your brain. At first you might feel relaxation, the urge to become more talkative, and even more confident. As the consumption continues, other short-term effects begin to take over such as:

  • Impaired coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Unstable emotions
  • Nausea
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Inability to remember
  • Potential loss of consciousness

It is in this state of less inhibition where danger has the potential to occur. Under the effects of alcohol humans have an increased risk of injury, violence, self-harm, sleeping problems, vomiting, and hangovers. There is even the potential of alcohol poisoning which occurs when someone’s BAC (blood alcohol level) can get too high. This has the potential to be fatal. 

Long-term effects of alcohol:

Being a consistent drinker of alcohol, long-term effects may take place in both the body and mind.

Here are just some of the systems that alcohol can impact and cause damage to overtime:

  • Digestive and endocrine glands
  • Inflammatory damage
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Nervous system
  • Circulatory system
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Skeletal and muscle system
  • Immune system

With all of this emerging research, it’s no surprise that many people, especially younger generations are opting to go alcohol free!

Here are just some of the benefits of living a sober life:

  • You will look and feel better
  • You will save money
  • You will have more meaningful and deep relationships
  • You will live your life to the fullest

If you use alcohol for social anxiety, to feel relaxed, or to get a feeling of happiness here are some alternatives:

  • Kombucha
  • Matcha
  • Caffeine
  • Adaptogens
  • Mocktails

Health should be a priority not just for a few, but for everyone. Without our health we don’t have much. Investing in your health and vitality is the best investment you can make! When it comes to alcohol consumption, you might want to think twice on cracking open a bottle of wine daily if you want to maintain optimal health and wellness. If you or someone you know is dealing with alcoholism, here are some resources that can provide support.

 

Alexia Palmeri

Alexia Palmeri is a 28-year-old personal development enthusiast! She looks at life experiences as an opportunity to always learn and grow. Alexia is also a broadcast journalism graduate with a passion and knack for communications and media. She is always on the lookout for new trends on social media and keeps up to date with what's happening in the world. In her free time, Alexia enjoys socializing with family and loved ones, being in nature, cooking nourishing meals, and discovering new places to dine and adventure!

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