Do benefits of a sober life exist? Yes! The list is endless.
Have you ever felt anxious before getting a drink or after drinking? Unfortunately, alcohol anxiety is very common and we all know about nasty hang overs. So since we all know the consequences of drinking alcohol, here are just seven benefits of a sober life.
Little to no chance of getting a spiked drink. Now a days, you can’t really trust anyone, much less a stranger approaching you with a drink. But if you think about it, by being intoxicated you already have impaired judgement so falling for a little charisma, a cute face and a free drink can be easy to do. By being sober, you are able to think clearly. Rarely does someone offer you a drink when you just arrived at the bar. This tells you a lot. There’s always a creepo waiting until you’ve had a few drinks before he approaches you with a drink. Thanks, but no thanks.
You will have more money in your pocket. According to a study conducted by Eventbrite, the average “drinker” spends around $81 a night and goes out twice a week. Assuming you only go out once a week, that’s $324 a month in alcohol! I don’t know about you, but I was going out four to five times a week. Luckily, I wasn’t buying my own drinks! Have you calculated how much you spend a month on alcohol?
You have access to life and time expands. In the beginning, sobriety may seem boring but as you begin to embark on new and fun ways to have fun, you see life with different lenses. In this article, you get some ideas of activities that will increase the benefits of a sober life. Try out some of these activities instead when you feel the itch to go to a bar. The best part of sobriety is you have plenty of energy and time!
Alcohol and sleep, don’t mix. Having trouble sleeping or not feeling rested after drinks? Waking up in the middle of your sleep obviously disrupts your sleep, but it is alcohol that causes this, not your bladder. Because alcohol is a diuretic, your body makes sure you wake up to use the restroom. Therefore, your body doesn’t enter REM sleep which occurs 70-90 minutes after you fall asleep. REM sleep helps with learning and storing memories which explains why “last night” was a “fog” after all those drinks. When you are sober, long gone are the days when you wake up in the middle of the night. Instead, you sleep like a baby – cozy, worry-free and dreamy!
You lose weight. Not only does an average person’s metabolism take ten hours to process alcohol, but alcohol has no nutritional value and it impairs your body to absorb any nutrients resulting in malnutrition over time. In addition, the average American consumes an average of 300 alcohol calories a day daily! When you detox your body, food absorption gets better and your body is able to balance blood sugars. If you are trying to loose weight, cut the drinks and hit the gym and get a sick pack and not a keg! How about trying out this benefit of a sober life for a change!
Less chance of alcohol-related liver disease. Because most of the alcohol consumed is processed through your liver, this provides the perfect cocktail for a fatty liver, cirrhosis of the liver or alcoholic hepatitis. In this report, alcohol-related liver disease was the primary cause of nearly 1 in 3 liver transplants in the U.S. in 2009.
Have you experienced any of the consequences mentioned above as a result of drinking? Have you experienced any other benefits of a sober life?