Apparently, people are increasingly focused on taking care of their mental health. Proof of this is that, unlike previous generations, the so-called Gen Z is extremely aware of the consequences of alcoholic beverage. A study carried out by the BBC shows that young people are drinking less: in 2019, the generation aged 16 to 25 was the most teetotal — 26% of them did not drink, compared to 15% among the generation that drank the most (55 to 74 years old).
“Cutting the consumption of alcoholic beverages can bring a series of significant benefits to physical, mental and emotional health. This courageous step not only improves quality of life, but also promotes positive changes in several aspects.”, says Cris Ribas Esperança, nutritionist with a postgraduate degree in Functional Gastronomy and specialized in Behavioral Nutrition and Low Carb.
Benefits of cutting out alcohol
According to the professional, giving up alcohol consumption is good for your health in several different ways. Below, she lists what they are!
Improved physical health
Alcohol is known to have negative effects on physical health. By cutting it out, you reduce your risk of liver, cardiovascular and pancreatic diseases. Furthermore, the absence of alcohol contributes to healthier skin, improves sleep and strengthens the immune system.
Mental clarity and increased energy
Alcohol abstinence is associated with greater mental clarity and focus. You may experience a noticeable increase in energy, allowing for a more productive and fulfilling life. The mind becomes sharper, making it easier to face everyday challenges.
Alcohol can have negative effects on emotional balance, contributing to anxiety and depression. By eliminating alcohol, many people report a significant improvement in their mental health. This creates space for positive emotions and more effective coping strategies.
Improvement in interpersonal relationships
Excessive alcohol consumption can negatively affect interpersonal relationships. By cutting out this substance, you promote clearer communication and healthier relationships. This strengthens family, friendship and professional bonds, bringing balance to your mental health.
Drinking can become financially costly over time. Cutting out alcohol not only saves money, but also avoids expenses related to health problems associated with excessive consumption.
The decision to cut out alcohol often leads to a journey of self-discovery and personal development. People often discover new hobbies, passions and interests that contribute to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Greater quality of sleep
Alcohol can interfere with the sleep cycle, resulting in inadequate nights of rest. When giving up alcohol consumption, many people report a significant improvement in the quality of their sleep, which contributes to greater vitality and well-being.
Greater benefits for women
In the case of women who are looking for better health, the benefits are even greater. This is because they get drunk faster, but women’s bodies are made for this, as their body produces less of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which is released by the liver and is used to metabolize alcohol. According to Cris, women are not prepared to metabolize alcohol, physiologically.
Risks of alcohol consumption
In addition to the benefits, it is worth highlighting the risks that alcohol can bring in the long term of its abusive consumption:
- Chronic pancreatitis;
- Psychiatric disorders that can even lead to suicide;
- Cardiovascular diseases.
“With this in mind, cutting out alcohol offers a variety of benefits that extend beyond physical health. The decision to give up alcohol opens doors to a healthier, more balanced and fulfilling life”, concludes Cris.