Brits & Alcohol

by | 24th Sep 2020

MILEY CYRUS RECENTLY went public about her relationship with alcohol, and she won’t be the first or last ‘celeb’ to make public admissions about their vices.

She told “Variety” that she had been “sober sober” for six months.  She said: “It’s really hard because, especially being young, there’s that stigma of ‘you’re no fun.’ It’s like, ‘Honey, you can call me a lot of things, but I know that I’m fun.”

“The thing that I love about it is waking up 100%, 100% of the time. I don’t want to wake up feeling groggy. I want to wake up feeling ready.”

Holly Whitaker famously tweeted her feelings about drinking:

Hi loves just a friendly, holiday-special reminder that ADVERTISERS came up with the idea that drinking is rebellious and subversive and linked with liberation and that 70 PERCENT of adults drink alcohol because we bought into this message WHICH MEANS THAT IT IS NOT AT ALL SUBVERSIVE OR EDGY TO DRINK. It means that we have bought into advertising.  DRINKING CULTURE IS BASIC, drinking is basic, and there is nothing edgy or rebellious about doing something everyone else is doing.”

“Not drinking, not being part of the mass consumer culture that feeds a 1.5 trillion dollar industry that kills 3 million people annually, not doing what everyone else is doing, being able to go to a party without taking the edge off — that is rebellion. That is subversion. That is edge.”

“I’ve posted this at least a thousand times and I’ll post this five thousand more times.”

 

So, what can actually happen to your body if you forego alcohol for six months?  There will be multiple physiological changes within the body; relating to liver function, blood sugar and carbohydrate metabolism, brain activity, cardio-vascular efficiency, etc, etc.  It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to appreciate how much difference a change in the alcohol levels – especially if they were high to start with – has on the body, and the effects could even be life-changing.

Some changes can be easily measured; like the impact on your sleep. While a glass or two of wine might help you drift off, studies have shown how alcohol might act like a sedative, but can lead to subsequent disrupted, poor quality sleep later in the night.

In the longer term, giving up booze could positively impact your digestive health.  Alcohol can be an irritant to the gastro-intestinal system, causing indigestion or digestive issues such as flatulence, diarrhoea or constipation.  All these symptoms very often improve or resolve completely once the antagonist – alcohol (and the sugars it contains) are removed from the system.

Of course this will directly affect the levels of fat held within the body, especially visceral fat, and that reduction will have a knock-on beneficial effect on the cardio-vascular system.  The reduction in sugar will give the liver and pancreas a break and reduce the risks of high blood sugar levels and the onset of diabetes.

Alcohol is also dehydrating and sugary, meaning it can wreak havoc on your skin and even make you look older than you are. Cutting out booze can help make your complexion look clearer, brighter and plumper – which is definitely less expensive than investing in a bunch of fancy skincare products.

Ditching booze can potentially benefit your mental health, although harder to measure in these times.  However, it is likely that thought processes, frequency of headaches, levels of hydration and sleep patterns will definitely improve, which alone will help you start your day in a more positive frame of mind.  Everyone who has woken suffering with a hangover knows all too well about each and every associated symptom, and the extra stress that brings to the new day.  So, ditch the ‘hangxiety’, sleep deeply and give your body a well-deserved break.   You may even feel that you’re not giving anything up…..

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