At the start of the year we often make resolutions to improve
our health - eat well, exercise more and drink less. But sometimes
the intention slips and we let our resolutions slip away.
If one of your goals was to cut down on drinking - but it's
slipped away during January the start of the Lunar (or Chinese) New
Year gives you the opportunity to reset the goal.
There are some great physical health benefits that can happen
when you cut down on drinking including:
- Better sleep
- Weight loss
- More energy
- Clearer skin and healthier hair
- Better concentration and focus
And on top of this it saves you money.
The health benefits from reducing alcohol intake are supported
by a number of studies. Research conducted by the Royal Free
Hospital in London found that participants who stopped or reduced
their drinking for a month had lower levels of blood glucose and
cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, lost liver fat, and achieved
overall weight loss.
Harvard researchers who studied 30 years of data on 120,000 men
and women aged 30 - 55 found that moderate drinking (a few
alcoholic drinks a week) did not have detrimental impacts on an
individual's health as long as their lifestyle included a
balanced diet with lots of vegetables, regular exercise and no
The study actually found that a few drinks a week appeared to
lower the risk of heart disease and boost life expectancy, but
heavy drinking had the opposite effect.
Long-term heavy drinking was shown to increase blood pressure
and cholesterol increasing the risk of developing cardiovascular
diseases like hypertension, heart disease and stroke.
So it seems that reducing or cutting down on alcohol is good for
you no matter how you look at it. It helps improve insulin
resistance, supports weight loss, lowers blood pressure, reduces
your risk of heart disease and many cancers and increase your life
So if one of your resolutions or goals this year was to cut down
or taking a break from drinking rest assured you'll be doing your
body a favour.