If you are a regular drinker, you likely have considered taking a break from alcohol for a while. Not forever, obviously, but just long enough to reset your liver and give your body a chance to make sure everything is running smoothly. So how long is that exactly? A day? A week? A month? Let’s take a closer look at the benefits that come from taking a break from drinking every now and again, and about how long those breaks should last.
Even if you have no interest in quitting drinking forever, there are a lot of benefits that can be derived from a temporary alcohol hiatus. You’ll sleep better, your immune system will get stronger, your metabolism will speed up and you’ll likely be taking in a lot less calories.
Since alcohol is a sedative you might think that consuming it will actually help you sleep better. As it turns out, the opposite is true.
Yes, drinking can help you fall asleep more quickly. However, having alcohol in your system actually suppresses your REM sleep, which your body needs in order for you to feel rested. That means while you may sleep easier when drunk, the sleep your getting is not the quality of sleep that your body actually needs. Taking a break from booze will help you reset your sleep patterns and feel more energized throughout the day.
Have you ever noticed that after a few days of consecutive heavy drinking your body starts to feel worn down? Maybe you tend to get sick more often than your friends who don’t drink as often? There’s a reason for that.
Alcohol is an immunosuppressant, which means when you are drinking regularly, your immune system is not operating as well as it should. When you take time off from drinking you allow your immune system the time it needs to get back to its baseline. That’s why it’s important to take breaks from drinking a couple of times a year!
Now, if you were not drinking a lot before you took a break you might not see this benefit. But, if you are normally a heavy drinker you will likely see a noticeable improvement in your metabolism after a week or two off of drinking.
Whether you want to admit it to yourself or not, the truth is that alcohol contains calories and if you’re a drinker you are likely imbibing more calories than you want to be. All that without even counting the drunk snacks that are just to happen. Taking a break from alcohol can be just the push you need to get your diet back on track.
It’s clear that there are a lot of benefits to be gotten from taking a break from alcohol, but how long do you need to stop drinking to get those benefits? Most studies suggest that for the full benefits you should aim to take 30 days off. So pick a month, and get ready to reap the benefits!
It’s important to remember that after a break, you won’t be able to drink like you used to! Keep a packet of LAUNCH by your bedside table to deal with the morning after. Visit www.intelligentdrinking.com to learn more.