Are you thinking of quitting drinking?
It’s the dawn of a new decade, and there’s never been a better time rekindle your body and mind with a fresh start to the new year. We all desire improvement, and sometimes alcohol can impede the path toward the best version of ourselves.
Here are eight reasons to overcome the hurdles of alcohol and make 2020 the best year of your life. It’s time to quit drinking.
- The science of drinking alcohol. 2019 was a big year for substance abuse research, with several studies giving us a better understanding of alcohol abuse. A recent paper from Baylor brought to light the chronic neurological effects of alcohol, which can have irreversible and potentially debilitating repercussions. Even The Lancet, the world’s leading scientific publication, claimed alcohol use disorder as one of the most prevalent mental disorders globally.
- How much does it cost to keep drinking?. Ever wonder how much money you spend on drinking? The National Institute of Health (NIH) has implemented a new website that calculates the numbers associated with alcohol consumption. Not only can you estimate your blood alcohol content, but there is a nifty calculator that can compute the amount you spend yearly on alcohol. Think of all the things you could do with that extra money!
- It’s the 100th anniversary of Prohibition! It may be difficult to imagine a time when alcohol was a forbidden vice here in the United States, but it really did happen. After the enactment of the 18th Amendment in 1920, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors became prohibited, generating millions for organized crime and creating indifference to authority in the public consciousness. Time to usher in a new edition of the roarin’ ’20s!
- Dry January: 31 Days of Quitting Alcohol. Not only is this an oxymoron, but it’s a movement that has gained traction within the last 10 years for those looking for inspiration to change their drinking habits. The concept is straightforward: Give up booze for the entire first month of the year. Sounds easy, especially if you start the month off with a hangover.
- Time to treat yourself. The everyday struggle of life can be demanding. School, work, and family are all taking a toll on the limited energy and effort our bodies have to give. We rarely take time to care for our bodies, and even worse, we reward it with intoxicating drinks for all that we ask of it. Maybe it’s time to give your body the love it deserves, starting with a healthy alternative to alcohol.
- The weight is over – Alcohol and Weight Loss. Year after year, weight loss and healthier eating continue to top the charts of New Year’s resolutions, so much so that a 2017 poll showed that it constituted 21.4% of resolutions. Just one beer or glass of wine a day can equate to 13 pounds of excess calories per year. By simply suspending the spirits, you can lose weight without any additional dieting or exercise.
- Empower yourself, and your life! Most resolutions can be rooted in the need to take control of one’s actions and addictions. The ability to stop drinking can be a huge confidence booster that may blossom into a bigger and better you. After years of arrests and several cycles in jail, Robert Downey Jr. quit drinking in 2003 and has now made hundreds of millions of dollars acting in the Marvel movies, and he was officially pardoned of all drug offenses by the governor of California in 2015. Now that’s motivation!
- Sobrietea: A healthy alternative to drinking. Rejuvenate your body and soul by making Sobrietea part of your New Year’s resolutions. With a specially formulated blend of herbs focused on health and restoration, Sobrietea gives you the support to make your ambitions real. Try some today, and propel a new you into the new year as you quit drinking.