A Shiny List Of Great Reasons Not To Drink Alcohol
Get sober with 20 reasons to stop drinking
Like we need to spell it out!
Seriously, if you are reading this on the Alcohol Off Switch, then one thing that we bang our drums about are all the great reasons not to drink alcohol.
Reasons are literally sprawled all over our website! Pretty obvious why? We think so.
We actively promote an alcohol-free lifestyle. We would not do this without the solid belief that by living such a life, quality of life is improved 100X.
Maybe you are looking for that reason – the one reason that hits home with you and gets through. That is one reason that hits your alcohol off switch, once and for good.
Well – here are 20 good reasons that you should not drink – remove the poison from your body and your life!
As always, the list is not exhaustive, but it is exhilarating as is the journey of sobriety itself 🙂
Change your life with these awesome reasons not to drink! You will truly live a better version of yourself.
1. You will never have to worry about hazy memory nights due to drinking
Kinda remembering, but kind of not…not sure of where you actually went, ate or did due to drinking too much alcohol. Sound like a familiar story? All those confused nights and days, lost memories.
Even blackouts. Rid alcohol from your life and presto! You will be more alert, living in the moment and actually remembering the events of the night. For the long-term drinkers out there, you will know that this in itself would be life-changing.
2. You will feel younger and better than ever.
Waking up without a hangover or any effects from alcohol, your mouth feeling healthier, and a less cloudy day without alcohol in your system. Maybe a bit more money around you due to not buying alcohol. This all adds up! You will feel more alive and vibrant than you have done in years.
This is not just our experiences, but words repeated again and again across rehabs, sober groups and wherever people hang out to kick alcohol into touch.
The feeling of just being younger and healthier echoes around constantly.
Alcohol is a toxin that our bodies have to work hard to process and get rid of. When we drink alcohol, it dehydrates us and robs our bodies of nutrients that are essential for good health.
In addition, alcohol is calorie-dense and can contribute to weight gain. But one of the best reasons to never drink is how much better you will look. On that note…
3. Weight loss is a solid reason not to drink alcohol!
A top, top benefit of quitting drinking is absolutely one of my favourites – weight loss!
Personally, I think I lost over 7 wobbly pounds in the first four of weeks of quitting alcohol. It was not just the fact that I stopped throwing countless ’empty’ calories down my throat, but I was also not gorging on drunk junk or cures for hangovers.
It did help as time went on, exercise was increased/introduced to my life but that again would not have happened had the alcohol been axed.
For the record – a great free exercise programme that I personally recommend the Couch to 5K. It has lots of online and offline communities around the world and for very good reason. Take a look for motivation and inspiration!
Alcohol is calorific heavy, and what you usually wash down with it might not be the best also for maintaining a healthy weight.
4. No more hiding a habit
If you’re one of the many people who drink alcohol, you may be wondering if you have a problem. After all, drinking is socially acceptable and even encouraged in many situations. But there are some good reasons to actually consider your relationship with alcohol. Here’s one: you will no longer need to hide the evidence of your drinking from your family.
If you’re constantly having to sneak drinks or keep bottles hidden, it’s a sign that your drinking is a problem and it can be crippling to a person’s mental state. Remove the habit, remove the guilt and change your life for the oh-so much better.
5. Reduce your chance of liver disease
Of all alcohol’s side effects – THIS is one of the golden reasons not to drink.
Alcohol consumption can lead to a number of health problems, including cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, and cancer. There are many other reasons to stop drinking alcohol, but liver disease is a major concern. If you’re worried about your liver health, cutting out alcohol may be the best decision for you.
6. Money, money, money!
This topic always comes up whenever we talk about the hands-down best reasons not to drink. And why shouldn’t it? With all that money that you would otherwise be throwing down the toilet (in some form or other!), just think of all of the lovely things you could do. For yourself or even just to be nice to someone else.
All of those drinks and extra drinks soon add up in price. Money literally fritters away for the life of a drinker. When you decide to quit drinking for good, you WILL notice more money around you in general.
Even when we are generally skint, for someone with alcohol dependence – money is always found.
If you need reasons not to drink, stop spending the money on alcohol, and it does start to be noticed.
7. Alcohol-related injuries
So, so many over so many years. The odd bump here, cut there. Vague recollections of drunken falling over, head hitting something, maybe a floor, maybe a door.
Alcohol injures flood our emergency staff. Chronic heavy drinking contributes to so many physical diseases – cancer risk, brain damage and so on. But even with less-occasional or regular drinking, alcohol increases the risk of accidents and injuries, let alone drink-driving risks. Take a trip to any A&E department on a weekend and you will see some fine examples of the negative effects of alcohol.
8. You will never have a hangover again!
Most people are familiar with the unpleasant experience of a hangover. Headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound are just a few of the symptoms of excessive alcohol consumption that usually go hand-in-hand.. These symptoms are the result of alcohol dehydrating and irritating the body. For many people, the only solution is time – waiting for the alcohol to leave the system.
However, there is another solution: make the decision and stop! If you don’t have one drink, you can’t have a hangover.
A hangover is one of the worst possible ways to wake up. You feel nauseous, have a headache, are dehydrated, and feel overall terrible. The only thing that can help is more alcohol, which only makes the problem worse in the long run. If you decide to not drink anymore, you will never have to experience this again. It is as straightforward as that!
9. A better relationship with your friends and family
Being around a heavy drinker is no fun for anyone long-term.
Heavy drinkers bring with them a whole world of problems, physical, financial, erratic and a whole host more concerns. Let’s be honest and clear with this.
The flip side of not creating these lives, living alcohol-free is a life without added worries that are created purely through drinking too much.
10. The gift of time
A reason to stop drinking alcohol is you will have more time on your hands to do other things. This is especially true if you are someone who drinks regularly. Regular drinkers often find that they spend a lot of time drinking, both in terms of actual time spent drinking and time spent recovering from hangovers. Giving up alcohol can free up a significant amount of time.
The change that is noticed in the productivity of people who are teetotal can be immense. From having very little time outside of drinking, and the little time you had being hampered with hangovers – to lots of spare time to busy yourself in far more productive ways. And having the mental clarity to back it up!
11. Becoming alcohol-free is trending!
The sober movement is gaining momentum, with sober bars popping up in cities around the world, social media groups and challenges with increasing popularity.
More and more celebrities and stars are openly talking about their support to the alcohol-free movement.
12. Memory can improve – when you don’t drink. You will remember the night before
Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking and not remembered what happened the night before? If you have, you’re not alone. Binge drinking is prominent. According to a study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, blackouts are experienced by about 50% of college students who drink. A blackout is defined as a period of time where you cannot remember what happened due to alcohol consumption.
If you’re looking to improve your memory, one of the first things you should do is cut out alcohol. That’s right, quitting alcohol can lead to better memory. Alcoholics often experience blackouts, which are gaps in their memory due to drinking. Cutting out alcohol will help you remember more clearly and have a better overall memory.
13. Alcohol can ruin relationships
Alcohol consumption can lead to a number of negative consequences, including damage to relationships with friends and family members. Some people are able to drink without experiencing any negative effects, but for many others, alcohol use can lead to serious problems. If you’re struggling with alcohol-related issues, quitting drinking may be the best solution.
14. You will find happiness in the little things in life
It has been said that alcohol is a depressant, and while this may be true to some extent, recent studies are beginning to show that there may be more to the story.
Yes, alcohol can make you feel happy in the moment, but it is also linked with depression and anxiety. Massively so, actually.
If you are looking for a reason to stop drinking alcohol, this may be it. Find happiness in the small things in life and you will be surprised at how much better you feel overall.
16. No more worries about running out of alcohol
One of the solid reasons to stop drinking alcohol is you will no longer worry about having a supply of drink. This can be a big issue for some people, as they may feel like they need to have alcohol in order to relax or have fun.
However, there are many other ways to relax and have fun without alcohol. Additionally, not having to worry about always having a supply of alcohol can be a huge relief.
17. Confidence will improve
There are many reasons to quit drinking altogether, but one that is often overlooked is the impact it has on confidence. For many people, alcohol is a crutch that they use to boost their confidence in social situations.
But in reality, it does the opposite. Alcohol impairs judgment and makes it difficult to control emotions, leading to embarrassing and potentially damaging behaviour.
Stopping will improve your confidence by giving you back control of your actions and emotions. Be that superhero!!
18. Sleep will be your new best friend
If I were ever looking for top reasons not to drink, then I would be a sure-fire contender.
Most people are well aware of the negative effects that alcohol can have on the body, including liver damage and increased risk for cancer. However, many people continue to drink alcohol regularly because they enjoy the taste or because it helps them relax. What many people don’t realize is that alcohol can also have a significant impact on sleep quality. In fact, one of the main reasons to lead an alcohol-free lifestyle is to improve sleep.
19. Alcohol is bad for your heart
It is no secret that alcohol consumption can lead to negative health consequences. One of the most serious risks associated with drinking is damage to the heart. Alcohol is a substance that can cause a wide range of problems for the cardiovascular system, and even moderate drinking can have an impact.
If you are concerned about your heart health, then it is important to be aware of the risks of drinking and make the decision to cut back or quit altogether.
Most people know that drinking alcohol is bad for their health. However, few people realize that quitting alcohol can have an immediate and profound impact on their energy levels. For example, within a week of quitting alcohol, most people report feeling more rested and alert during the day.
This is because alcohol disrupts sleep patterns, which leads to fatigue. Furthermore, alcohol consumption dehydrates the body, which can also lead to low energy levels.
20. Your overall performance at work or school will be noticed
If you’re looking for a reason to quit alcohol, consider the impact it has on your performance at work or school. Alcohol consumption can lead to missed days of work or school, poor concentration and decision-making skills, and lower grades. In short, giving up alcohol can help you be more successful in your studies or career.
A new study has found that people who give up alcohol for just one month see a significant improvement in their work and school performance. The research, conducted by the University of Sheffield, found that giving up alcohol for 30 days led to better sleep, more energy and improved concentration levels.
The study participants also reported feeling more motivated and productive at work and felt they were able to get more done in less time.
Become a sober shining example!
Drinking alcohol has many negative consequences that often go unnoticed. One of the most important reasons to stop drinking is that you can inspire others not to drink as well. By being a role model and making the decision to not drink alcohol, you can show others that it is possible to have fun and enjoy life without alcohol. Additionally, you can set a good example for those around you, especially young people who are still forming their identities and habits.
Well, this has to be one of the easiest conclusions that I have made. The reasons to stop drinking far outweigh any benefits that can be argued towards drinking alcohol. Far much so!
Are you still looking for more reasons not to drink alcohol? If you are, look all around this site, or simply re-read what is written here. If these aren’t great enough reasons to not drink….I don’t know what is!
Be kind to yourself. Don’t be around alcohol. Make Sobriety Your Priority.