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Below is some advice on drinking –
Whether you are stopping for good, or just having some time off, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the changes you may see when you stop drinking.
Stopping drinking means you will no longer suffer from hangovers. The nausea, headaches or tiredness you may have felt the morning after drinking could be replaced with improved mood as well as feelings of productivity.
Regular drinking interferes with chemicals in the brain that are vital for good mental health. So while you might feel relaxed after a drink, in the long run alcohol can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety. Stopping drinking could make feelings of stress easier to deal with.
Improved energy levels and better sleep:
Regular drinking can affect the quality of your sleep making you feel tired and sluggish. This is because drinking disrupts your sleep cycle.
When you drink alcohol before bed you may fall into deep sleep quicker. This is why some people find drinking alcohol helps them get to sleep. But as the night goes on you spend less time in this deep sleep and more time than usual in the less restful, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep2.
This can leave you feeling tired the next day no matter how long you stay in bed.
But having alcohol-free days can help. Once you reduce the amount you’re drinking, you should start sleeping better and find it easier to wake up in the morning.
Alcohol dehydrates your body, including the skin – and this happens every time you drink. This can cause your skin and eyes to look dull.
A pint of lager can contain the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza.
A large glass of wine can contain the same amount of calories as an ice cream sundae.
Alcohol contains almost as many calories as pure fat. Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy.
Not drinking at all is likely to make it easier to maintain a healthy weight.