Cut down on alcohol for a longer life

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 smoking.

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 expectancy.

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.

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