With the Fasting Feb challenge wrapping up for 2019, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the benefits of taking a break from a habit that may be having a negative impact on your health!
Taking a break or giving up something you enjoy such as alcohol can sound daunting, however the benefits are numerous.
Several people chose to fast from or reduce their alcohol consumption during this challenge. Alcohol has a significant place in our culture, with 20% of West Australians drinking more than the recommended maximum guideline of two standard drinks per day.
There are plenty of benefits to health and wellbeing from taking a break from alcohol:
- Sleep well: Regular drinking can affect the quality of your sleep, resulting in you feeling tired and sluggish. Drinking alcohol before bed can cause your sleep cycle to be disrupted – you spend less time in the deep stage of sleep (REM sleep) and more time in the restless stage.
- Feel better: With improved sleep, you will soon start to feel positive effects on your energy levels, mood and ability to concentrate. Reducing alcohol can also lower your risk of developing difficulties with your mental health.
- Look healthier: Alcohol can dehydrate the body, leaving your skin looking dull and lifeless. Certain drinks also contain a high content of calories and large quantities of sugar. A break from drinking contributes to a healthier appearance, giving your skin the opportunity to rehydrate and helps you maintain a healthy BMI.
- Live longer: excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of developing health problems such as a liver disease, stroke, mouth cancer, breast cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Reducing your alcohol intake can significantly reduce your risk of developing these health problems.
If you or someone you know needs support with reducing their alcohol consumption, you can contact your local doctor, visit the Drinkwise Australia website or call AA Western Australia 08 9442 5000