Organs, sleep, fitness: what makes six weeks of alcohol abstinence

Off to Lent: Many people decide to give up unfavorable habits in the six weeks from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Alcohol tops the list. What does the break bring?

It is obvious that a drinking break is good for the body. But to what extent is that the case? And how much does the psyche benefit? The best way to find out is to experiment with yourself. Only those who do not drink anything that contains alcohol for a while are aware of the impact alcohol actually has on their lives.

The most impressive effects of alcoholic

organ formation: During the voluntary drinking break, organs and body functions are regenerated. The most important are:

  • that liver, which has stored too much fat in many people, degreases. This improves their function, liver values ​​are restored and lipid metabolism benefits.
  • Of blood pressure decreases and thus its harmful effects on the blood vessels.
  • Of Heartbeat normalized. The probability of heart rate and cardiac arrhythmia decreases.
  • Of stomach produces less acid. Heartburn and inflammatory processes in the stomach are improved.
  • that the pancreas is relieved. This improves blood sugar levels. In the long run, this reduces the risk of diabetes.

Sleep better: Alcohol can help you fall asleep. However, sleep under the influence of alcohol is less restful. Those who drink alcohol are also more likely to have trouble sleeping all night. Many people notice the positive effects of abstinence on sleep in the first week.

Good for the mood: Alcohol lifts the mood – but it only lasts for a short time. Those who take a longer break from drinking often notice that they are generally in a better mood and more balanced.

Slim you by the way: Most people who stop drinking shed a few pounds of body fat – because they shave high-calorie beverages while having more energy for activity. The liver now has the free capacity to break down fat instead of alcohol.

Good for fitness: Everyone who plays sports will quickly find that they become faster or more enduring without alcohol. And those who otherwise can not get together to train, may find that they now have the necessary energy for it.

Self-experiment: How hard is it for me to give up? Some are surprised that they almost never miss a glass of wine in the evening. Others are surprised at how difficult it is for them to give up alcohol. The latter would be a warning signal and a reason to fundamentally rethink your consumption.

More conscious handling: British researchers asked more than 2,000 participants in the Dry January campaign how four weeks of abstinence affected their alcohol consumption. The result:

  • 82 percent thought more deeply about their relationship to alcohol.
  • 80 percent felt they had more control over their alcohol consumption.
  • 76 percent learned more about when and why they drink.
  • 71 percent realized they do not need a drink to have fun.

Drink less in the long run: On average, participants in the British study drank significantly less than before six months later: Instead of an average of 4.3 drinks per week, it was only 3.3.

Tip: Use the non-alcoholic weeks to keep a diary. This is the best way to observe positive changes. This motivates you and may also inspire you to drink less than before.

Lent campaign of “Know Your Limit!”

By the way: the “Know your limit campaign” of the Federal Center for Health Education (BzgA) supports alcohol abstinence with a special offer. In addition to information on not drinking alcohol, there is also practical advice to persevere.

Everyone who signs up for the campaign will be motivated to follow a weekly newsletter. And in the Lent campaign’s Facebook group, participants exchange their experiences, share personal advice on enduring and encourage each other.