12 Great Reasons to Stop Drinking

We can always find a reason to drink but finding reasons to stop drinking is often much harder. Even when all the signs point to needing to cut alcohol out we’re hesitant in making that decision.

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Alcohol consumption is one of those things that leads to more problems than it is worth.

If you’ve ever had problems stemming from drinking, then you know what I am talking about. A social drink can quickly turn into an all-night drinking affair that can have consequences that stem way farther than just having a night out on the town.

Alcohol use disorder can be a serious condition, and although most people think, “oh I just drink occasionally”, drinking to excess in any form is destructive.

Here are 12 great reasons to just give up the bottle for good.

No More Walk of Shame

When you quit drinking you never have to wake up and wonder “what did I do?”, or “who is this person in my bed?”. Let’s face it, we don’t make the best decisions when drunk.

No More Hangovers

Not drinking means no morning after hangovers. That in itself is worth quitting drinking for.

No More Apologizing for “Drunk You”

Have you ever had to explain, “That wasn’t me – that was drunk me”? Drinking impairs our decision-making, and our drunken judgment is usually far from our best.

Save Money

Drinking is expensive, even at home, if you are a heavy drinker. Think of all the other things you could do with that money.

Annie Grace comment: Each year students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol, more than they spend on soft drinks, tea, milk, juice, coffee, or books combined!

Healthy Emotional State

Tears when you are drunk still happen for a reason. Alcohol may bring them to the surface, but there is typically something under the surface that brings them out.

Being Sober is More Interesting

Alcohol dulls your senses and therefore dulls life. Life is so much more interesting when you are at your full mental and physical capacity.

Health

Alcohol has a long list of negative side effects as far as your overall health is concerned. If you are a heavy drinker, you are at risk for obesity, diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, kidney failure, and heart disease.

Annie Grace Comment: And for some reason, it’s not talked about but alcohol is a known carcinogen and drastically increases your risk of dying of cancer.
– Men who drink three or more drinks a day have a 41% higher risk of dying of cancer.
– Women who drink two or more drinks a day have a 20% higher risk of dying of cancer.
– Women who have three drinks a week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer.
– Experts estimate that the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10% for each additional drink women regularly have each day.

More Ways to Have Fun

You’ll find that when you quit drinking, you enjoy things you never knew you enjoyed. Let’s face it, there are simply some things that you can’t do drunk – like mountain climbing.

You Make Better Friends

When you spend time with drunk people while you are sober, you’ll quickly start to wonder “why do I like this person?” Again, with impaired judgment, you find yourself hanging around people you’d never even think about talking to when you are sober.

No More Legal Troubles

Alcohol leads to a whole variety of legal troubles from drinking and driving and public intoxication, to things like assault and other violent crimes. “Fighting Drunk” is a real thing.

You Look Better

Alcohol produces free radicals in the body and other toxins that accelerate the aging process. Look at someone who has been a drinker for a long time, is that what you want to look like? The main benefit is that without all of those toxins constantly bombarding your system, you’ll feel better overall. Second to quitting smoking, it is one of the healthiest things you can possibly do for yourself.

Reprinted with permission from Organic Health.

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