Ocsober, or Sober October has become an annual event in Australia and is a time for people to dig deep and find some will power to ditch the drink for 31 days. In recent years it has been gaining popularity due to the number of alcohol related crimes and the alarming increase in numbers of underage drinkers. In America the problem is the same. The criminal justice system is being flooded with alcohol-involved offenders with studies in recent years showing that 40% of state prisoners were under the influence of alcohol when they committed their crime. And it’s not only adults who have a problem with the bottle – in 2008 more than 190,000 people under the age of 21 visited an emergency centre for an alcohol related injury.
When people drink for the first time, it’s generally due to curiosity about what alcohol tastes like and how it affects them physically. Normally the first drinking experience is not a big deal but over time the drinks become more frequent and the amounts consumed increase too. For some people drinking eventually becomes a problem and starts to interfere with daily activities and can cause serious strain on relationships. So if you drink, be it regularly or occasionally, Sober October can be the perfect excuse to give your body a break for 31 days. Here are some reasons why you should consider it:
It will help lower your tolerance
Just like drugs, the more alcohol you consume, the more your body gets used to it, so after a period of time you’ll find that your tolerance to alcohol will be quite high and you’ll need more of it to feel the same effects. If you refrain from drinking for a month it’s highly likely that your tolerance level will decrease so it should be easier for you to cut back on the amount of alcohol you consume after those 31 days.
It will help to lower the risk of you becoming dependant on alcohol
Some people drink every day, not necessarily large amounts, but perhaps they find they can’t do something without a glass of wine or a cold beer, like settling down in front of the TV for the night. You could be dependent on alcohol if not having it for a day causes problems so to tackle the dependency you should try and break your drinking cycle. This should help lower your risk of becoming dependant on it.
It will help you to feel better
Giving up alcohol for a month will not only speed up weight loss and improve your vitamin levels but it will also help you to sleep more soundly and increase the quality of your skin. Over time, the consumption of alcohol can cause the blood vessels in your face to dilate, resulting in red, spidery veins and the alcohol can also interrupt the balance of oestrogen and testosterone levels, causing pimple break outs.
If you’re not convinced that Sober October is a good thing then why not give it a go and see for yourself? You might be pleasantly surprised at just how good you feel after 31 days, alcohol free. And who knows, perhaps you’ll be converted for life.
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