5 Reasons to go sober for a month
Giving up alcohol whether it be for a month, a year or forever works wonders for your body. With campaigns such as dry January and sober October becoming more popular amongst part-time drinkers, we’ve listed 6 reasons why you should try a month off booze!
1: If You Like Beer, You Don’t actually Have to Give it Up
Happy days! There are loads of great alcohol-free beer options on the market. Of course, our favourite is FitBeer but the range of alcohol-free drinks now available on the market is growing fast. There’s something for everyone, from wines to gin to Prosecco. If you like your boozy flavours but don’t want to get tipsy, you can…Gone are the days when the only non-alcoholic pub options are orange juice or tonic water.
If you’re struggling to find a place that does interesting alcohol-free drinks, check out our stockists to see if there’s a pub selling FitBeer near you. Or you can visit the Dry Scene or Club Soda websites to find top venues that offer a range of adult, alcohol-free options.
“With a pint of lager containing the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza, the calories in alcohol soon add up.” Says Drinkaware.
As you can see from the chart, a bottle of FitBeer has less calories than an apple, well under half the calories of a pint of beer and three times less than a large glass of wine.
3: GIVING UP ALCOHOL FOR A MONTH WILL HELP YOU MAKE BETTER CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE.
We know from speaking to our customers that making small changes, like drinking alcohol-free beer at work events helps to create better, and more genuine connections with colleagues. You don’t’ have to be a top psychiatrist to know that when the alcohol flows, the mouth is on overdrive, and the ears take a back seat.
4: Better sleep and more energy
In a study by Dr Richard de Visser, from the University of Sussex, carried out with 857 British adults taking part in Dry January showed that after going for a month without alcohol, 62% of those in the study said they had better sleep.
Drinking can also makes you more likely to snore because it relaxes the tissues in your throat. Everyone knows that going to bed after a drink means you rarely sleep deeply and often wake up early feeling groggy and not fully rested. The benefit of a good night's sleep is that you have more energy!
5: NO HANGOVERS FOR A MONTH
A hangover is your body and mind in recovery mode, so it's more challenging to be productive. You’re just not at your best, and because many of us drink at least once a week, we feel like it’s normal whilst our bodies are soldiering on for us. People often report that The subtle effects of the hangover are much easier to recognise when returning to drinking after giving up for a month. Why not try it yourself?
IN CASE YOU still AREN’T CONVINCED, HERE’S SOME science
In 2013, an experiment conducted by New Scientist staff with the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London Medical School (UCLMS) showed marked differences in the condition of those who abstained from alcohol for five weeks.
All the participants considered themselves to be “normal” drinkers. Before the test, the women had been drinking an average of 29 units a week, and the men typically drank 31 units. Both are above government guidelines, but not dramatically so.
In the test, 10 people drank no alcohol while four continued as normal. There were no significant changes in any of the parameters measured for the four people who didn’t give up alcohol. But the changes were “dramatic and consistent” across all 10 abstainers.
· Liver fat fell by up to 20 per cent in some individuals. (Fat accumulation on the liver is a known prelude to liver damage)
· Blood glucose levels dropped by 16 per cent on average
· Total blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease, dropped by almost 5 per cent
· Ratings of sleep quality rose by just over 10 per cent
Speaking about the experiment, Kevin Moore, consultant in liver health services at UCLMS, said: “What you have is a pretty average group of British people who would not consider themselves heavy drinkers, yet stopping drinking for a month alters liver fat, cholesterol and blood sugar, and helps them lose weight. If someone had a health product that did all that in one month, they would be raking it in."
Interesting! FitBeer aren’t ‘raking it in' (yet), but we do have an award-winning beer that’s low calorie, and alcohol-free. You can enjoy the subtle hops and complex flavours of our beer and get all the benefits of going alcohol-free!