How drinking less helps you feel good
You might not realise it, but having a few less drinks throughout the week can really put a spring in your step. Sometimes alcohol can make us feel sluggish and make it harder to sleep, but cutting down even a little bit can boost your energy levels, lift your mood and help you to feel good.
Drinking less can have a hugely positive impact on your family life, your career, your health and more. So why don’t you think about drinking less? Don’t worry, you don’t have to completely change your life or stop drinking altogether to feel the difference. Drinking less can help you:
Boost your energy levels
If you find yourself feeling a little sluggish from time to time, drinking less could help perk you up. Alcohol is known to worsen the quality of your sleep, make you feel tired. It can also affect your immune system, making it harder to fight off infections like coughs and colds.
It makes sense then, that drinking less alcohol makes you not as likely to have any of these problems. This leaves you free to get on with things, feeling fresher, more energetic and ready for whatever life throws at you.
Have a good night’s sleep
Drinking less alcohol is a great way to starting sleep better. This is because alcohol makes you more likely to wake up in the night and struggle to get back to sleep. Then when you finally do drift back off it can reduce the deepness of your sleep, which means you may often wake up feeling less rested.
Although some people have a drink before bed to help them fall asleep quicker, it often causes more problems than it solves. Drinking less, on the other hand, is much better for your sleep as it can help you sleep better, for longer, more often.
Find it easier to concentrate
If you’d like to be more productive at home or at work, drinking less could be the answer. Unsurprisingly, people often find it harder to focus on what they’re doing the morning after they’ve been drinking. This doesn’t only mean hangovers and headaches, the more alcohol that is in your system the more likely you are to struggle concentrating. Drinking less can help you think clearly, work smarter and help make life feel easier.
Stay on top of your weight
Alcoholic drinks can be high in calories and very fattening, in fact 3 large glasses of wine is equal to 3 donuts and 3 pints is the same as having 2 burgers. So drinking less can really help you manage your weight better.
If you start drinking less you should quickly notice that you’re saving money. A few beers or glasses of wine here and there can soon add up. Changing your routine slightly will help you save money, which you could use treat yourself or your family.
Lift your mood
Drinking less alcohol can help you feel happier by reducing feelings of sadness or anxiety that can be caused by alcohol. Some people drink as a way to cheer themselves up, but this usually only makes them feel worse.
If you’d like to perk yourself up and improve your state of mind, drinking less is a good place to start. Exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve you mood. If you can start to be more active in your everyday life, you should quickly start to feel the difference. You don’t have to do anything to strenuous, there’s lots of great ideas for people of all levels at www.fitforme.info.
Reduce the risk of health problems
As well having a lot of short term benefits, drinking less is also a good way to prevent longer term health issues. Making small changes to the way you drink today could have a big impact on your life in the future.
Even if you tend to live in the moment, it’s worth thinking about how having a few less drinks could help you stay healthier for longer.
The less you drink, the lower your risk of:
- High blood pressure, heart disease and stroke
- Liver disease
- Depression and anxiety
- Memory problems and brain damage
- Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism
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