Why taking a break from alcohol is a great idea | Home Support Services

Life benefits from giving up alcohol

Many people turn to Dry January as a beginning to a healthy New Year, but cutting out alcohol can be tricky to say the least. The best way to stay motivated is to look into the healthy benefits that are associated with giving up alcohol…

Reduced risk of cancer or serious diseases
Links are shown between alcohol consumption and the following forms of cancer:

  • head and neck
  • breast
  • liver
  • esophageal
  • bowel

A 2015 study conducted by Cancer Council Australia, revealed that apporx. 3,208 cancers diagnosed in Australian adults in 2010 could be contributed to alcohol consumption.

Cancer Council Australia has an array of resources and useful information about the links between cancer and alcohol.

Weight loss
Alcoholic drinks are full of calories, some more than others, however, when taking a break your waistline will surely thank you! Depending on your average intake, over a period of weeks, low to no alcohol consumption may allow you to loose some weight.

A standard gin and tonic can contain up to 170 calories per serve – to burn this off, you would need to be consistently running for 20 minutes!

No hangovers
Nothing sounds better than waking up on a Sunday morning with no hangover. You’ll welcome in your weekend with high energy and a focused mind, plus you will have plenty of time to spend with family and friends in

Better mood
According to research, the is a link between alcohol consumption and your mood. Although a lot of us use alcohol to loosen up and have fun, it is actually a depressant and can have a major impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Consuming more than two standard drink may increase your risk of developing mental health conditions, and may also interfere with some medications.

If you are looking for more information and support regarding your mental health and its relation to alcohol consumption, Beyond Blue has a large database of resources and information to help.

Money saver
The benefits of sobriety aren’t just physical, you can also save money! How much on average would you spend on a night out? Think of all the things your new saving could go towards!

Reducing your alcohol intake may be one of the kindest things you can do to your body.


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