Thank you for the years we have had together. We had some fantastic times, crazy times (oh, Mexico!), and times that didn't always end up that well. But things have changed now, my life is different and I no longer choose you.
Don't get me wrong, I do miss you and I have to have strong will to say no. I feel like "that one" in a social/family gathering.
Why did I give up alcohol - it's a plant right? Going #Plantbased 10 months ago to make drastic changes in my health meant going full tilt.
#MedicalMedium shares that it starves the liver, dehydrates, and can trigger migraines. After my husband gave up alcohol he has had a significant reduction in migraines. To be honest, I am not sure what effects it has had on my health - maybe I need to bring it back in to learn. Though, after some time, I do not feel the need to have that glass at the end of the day like a life saving device. Also, because I am working intently on healing and repairing my liver - it is a no brainier to avoid alcohol - even in herbal tinctures. In my life having one small glass always led to another and another small glass. Alcohol is like chocolate or potato chips - you can't just have one.
A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.
The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections.
A study author said its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors considered.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE A BREAK FROM BOOZE?
In 2015, Professor Kevin Moore of the Royal Free Hospital, London, co-authored one of the largest ever studies into the effects of a four-week break from alcohol
82% Dramatically Improved Sleep
92% Much Happier
73% More Productive
74% Reduced Anxiety
73% Lost Weight
Keep in mind that even moderate alcohol use isn't risk-free. For example, even light drinkers (those who have no more than one drink a day) have a tiny, but real, increased risk of some cancers. Excessive drinking can increase your risk of serious health problems, including: Certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and liver. Pancreatitis, Sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease, Heart muscle damage (alcoholic cardiomyopathy) leading to heart failure, Stroke, High blood pressure, Liver disease, Suicide, Accidental serious injury or death, Brain damage and other problems in an unborn child. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Mayo Clinic >>>
I was able to shut the switch off and go cold-turkey fairly easily but that is likely not the case for everyone and reaching out for support can be a great idea.
I just learned of the ONE YEAR NO BEER CHALLENGE and it sounds like it could be a great resource of support. After reading their Facebook page it sparked the idea for this months blog post.
How about you - have you eliminated alcohol or taken an extended break? Notice any differences?