Alcohol and social events often go hand-in-hand, which is why going “dry” is something that many people find hard to do. However, it’s not uncommon that for health purposes you may consider giving up the adult beverages for a period of time. After spending the holiday season partying many of us can agree that we’ve had our fill of alcohol for a while. Which is why now is as good a time as any to go dry. Truth be told, many of us could benefit from the positive effects that come from abstaining from booze. I’m talking clearer skin, better sleep, clearer mind, and more money in the bank. Check out the many ways taking a month long drinking detox can transform you for the better inside and out.
You’ll (maybe) lose some weight.
It’s easy to toss back a glass of wine or a beer or two while out with friends. But one drink eventually becomes two, three, and so forth. Besides your liver crying for auxilio, you’re also more susceptible to packing on the pounds. Case in point, you can easily consume an extra 375 calories in one night by drinking three glasses of your favorite Cabernet. One thing to keep in mind is that our bodies process alcohol calories much differently than food calories. Alcohol is immediately absorbed by your gastrointestinal tract (GI), which is then quickly processed into your liver. This interruption stops your body’s ability to break down other food in your GI tract, because alcohol is fighting with your body to get metabolized first. Therefore this disturbance can cause your metabolism to slow down and store any food it couldn’t properly break down as fat. Now that you understand how beer bellies come to be, it’s not be the worst idea in the world to give up booze temporarily.