There’s no denying that alcohol plays a major role in the life of most South African adults. And although occasional drinking has been said to improve health (assuming you were a light drinker before you quit), frequent binging doesn’t.
Not to freak you out, but according to Barry Sears, bio-chemist, PhD, and creator of the Zone diet, alcohol’s negative effects on the body can include everything from inflammatory effects on our organs to potential damage to our DNA. Drinking in excess can also put you at risk for certain cancers, diabetes and liver disease, among other grim conditions. Aside from the serious dangers, there are also several not-so-pleasant effects such as lousy moods, crazy sugar cravings, excess calories, liver fat, poor sleeping habits, dry skin and foggy concentration.
The good news is that lockdown has fuelled another trend. Whether you’ve brewed your own beer or enjoyed your “quarantinis” on your own, many people have taken a hard look at the role alcohol plays in their lives. And the growing popularity of “mocktails” have certainly made it easier to abstain from drinking.
Experts agree that a break from booze doesn’t just serve those who have found their drinking problematic. In fact, a month off and then some can do so much for your overall well-being.
Whether you want to clean up your diet or you’re trying to nip a potential issue in the but, taking even a short break from booze, can transform both mind and body.
Worth a try, don’t you think?
DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.