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6 Reasons To Cut Down Alcohol This New Year

Care24 Administrator Fitness, Nutrition, Quality of life

We know it’s that time of the year when your cups (or glasses), are ready to overflow. The New Year is round the corner and you have all the party plans in place.

If alcohol is a big feature in your plans, we’re not trying to spoil the mood. However, even as you drink and be merry, limiting your drinks for the night and through the year that is about to begin could have some amazing benefits on your overall health.

Here is How Cutting Down On Alcohol Can Help You

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Alcohol is known to be a depressant and when taken regularly, or in higher amounts, can sap your body of energy. Also, it is a diuretic, which means that it makes your body dehydrated. As a result, you feel tired and your stamina dips low. Not only that, when your energy levels are down, your mood also takes a hit and you tend to feel more sad and depressed. Cutting down on your drinks will help your body retain the energy and keep your stamina in good shape.

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Regular consumption of alcohol can make your skin look dull and dry, and also make it age faster. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines will make an appearance sooner than they otherwise would have, and you will lose the natural youthfulness of your skin. Alcohol can cause premature wrinkles, puffiness and redness on the skin and also reduce your collagen count, which adds to the premature aging.

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Alcohol acts as a toxin that can interfere with your body’s physical and mental functioning, and can lead to sudden panic attacks. If you are already suffering from anxiety disorder, or are stressed out, it can worsen the symptoms. Also, while it may seem that drinking alcohol is a good way to feel relaxed and beat stress, it can actually worsen your stress levels in the long run. If you are a habitual drinker, it can increase your chances of suffering from various mental health problems.

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Alcohol contains a large amount of calories, which means that each time you have a pint or glass, you end up consuming more calories. Also, most of the snacks you nibble while drinking are not healthy, and will end up adding to your calorie and fat count. Unless and until you are making up for each drink with a similar and regular workout, you will end up gaining excessive weight that can border on obesity.

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It may seem that drinking alcohol makes you sleep better, but in fact, it is just a drugged state of mind, where your mind is in a senseless stupor, instead of getting any restful and quality sleep. The type of sleep that is induced as a result of alcohol consumption has no real benefits on your health, and in fact, it acts as a deterrent to good sleep. Drinking regularly will also interfere with your body’s ability to trigger sleep naturally.

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Even if you have a few drinks on a regular basis, it can have a lasting impact on your overall memory as well as your ability to take the right judgement. Alcohol consumption interferes with your concentration levels, and also elevates your aggression levels. Regular use can also lead to periods of blackouts, and increase your risk of brain related disorders such as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.