Should You Take A Break From Alcohol?

by Simona Terron

Whether it's for a better quality of sleep, increased stamina, and a more productive Sunday, it's worth examining your alcohol consumption every once in awhile. Folks around the globe are figuring out that cutting down or sometimes cutting out booze altogether makes life a bit better.

A campaign in the UK called Dry January, which was started in the UK in 2012, encouraged social drinkers to stay off alcohol completely for all of January. This year, the number of people pledging to do so reached two million. Folks are not only taking on the challenge but also blogging about it and sharing it on other social media platforms.

Even Len Horovitz, MD, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, shared that late last year and early this year, several of his patients were inquiring about abstaining from alcohol and what benefits they could expect to experience. His advice was straightforward: if a single glass of wine has 250-300 calories, and you drink even one a day, that’s around 2,000 calories a week. He added that just eliminating this would lead to weight loss of almost a pound a week.

Research says that the heart, pancreas, brain, skin, and immune system all suffer from alcohol ingestion and this increases your risk of certain cancers. The liver is most vulnerable as prolonged boozing can lead to alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis and, in the worst case, alcoholic cirrhosis, which usually leads to a liver transplant or death.

Being mindful is the first step to getting a handle on your alcohol consumption, once you are aware of your intake, try and cut down incrementally, until you don’t drink to get drunk or indulge because you’re simply bored. Track your health, weight, and finances as you do so and you will see them steadily improve overall.

Cheers to that!

And if you're interested in a nice and healthy drink that's also delicious, try this gorgeous recipe for a delicious, alcohol-free mojito, courtesy of Eco Vegan Gal. Whitney Lauritsen, who dedicates her time to spread awareness about leading a healthy lifestyle in harmony with the planet, started the Eco-Vegan Gal website in 2008.

Super refreshing and simple to make, it will get you started on your journey of cuttting down on the alcohol.

Raw and Sugar-free Watermelon Virgin Mojito Recipe

  • Watermelon rind from 1 whole mini watermelon
  • Fresh mint leaves (4-6 or to taste)
  • Date - 1
  • Lime - 1/4
Optional: ice
  • Wash and scrub the watermelon well - it is important to use an organic one since you'll be juicing the whole melon.
  • Slice the watermelon and enjoy the "flesh" (there's gotta be a better word for that...).
  • Slice the rind into strips, the width of which depend on your juicer.
  • Juice the watermelon rind (if you only have a blender you can chop the longer strips into smaller chunks and blend well).
  • Add juice, mint leaves, lime juice, pitted date (and ice if using) to blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Optional: filter the juice through a sieve, nut milk bag or coffee filter.
Serve as is, chilled or with ice.

Servings: 16 oz

Watch this space for even more yummy mocktails and their recipes.

Image: Shutterstock

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