If alcohol has turned into a false friend, here are some ways you’ll gain by walking away.

To anyone who has given up alcohol, temporarily or otherwise, congratulations. Your body will be thankful. Just don’t expect to feel any different or to have lost any weight straight away. That’s because it takes a few months to really feel the benefits of an alcohol-free body. I know, because I did Sober October in 2018 and, by October 31, I hadn’t lost an ounce and I probably felt a bit worse, if I’m honest. So, when a friend advised that I needed to stick at it if I wanted to experience any positive changes, I decided to stay off the booze for three months. That’s to say, until January 1 2019.

And that’s exactly what I did.

By New Year 2019, I was feeling so much better for not drinking alcohol that I thought I’d continue being tee total. Previously, I had got into the habit of drinking wine every night and I knew the amount I was drinking over the course of a week was not good for my health.
Here we are more than three years later, and these are the seven results I am experiencing:

1. I don’t have hangovers any more
2. I have lost a stone in weight
3. I am saving money
4. I get up earlier
5. I feel more positive
6. I am more productive
7. I am sleeping soundly. I used to wake up incessantly during the night and often for long periods of time.

No-one is more surprised that I am by the fact I haven’t had a single alcoholic drink in all that time. But, I have to say, doing Sober October and continuing it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Those seven points above speak for themselves.

So, I encourage you to try giving up alcohol for at least a month. Or just give it up completely to really start to enjoy the benefits of being alcohol-free.

Words: Carole Seawert
Carole Seawert is a copywriter and tone of voice expert who can help bring your brand to life through words.

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