If you’ve been thinking that maybe it’s time to cut back on the partying and looking to try something new, then good for you! You are feeling this for a reason and it’s important to go with your gut! Have you been going out too much?
Drinking too much when you do? Relying on alcohol to have fun or feel confident? If this is you, then yes, it’s probably a great idea to stop drinking so much. Coming from experience, there are a few things you should know about what will happen when you decide to make the change, outlined below.
1. Your Social Life Will Slow Right Down
This depends largely on your friend circles and how often they go out. You might find that every weekend, your friends are still hitting up the bar, pub, or club and getting wasted. Sure, you might tag along with them on occasion, but it can definitely be really difficult to be around a bunch of drunk people when you are deciding to be sober. So, chances are you will just start to opt out of going in the first place. There’s a good chance you will have some FOMO (fear of missing out) at the start, but eventually you’ll realize you’re really not missing that much at all.
2. You’ll Find Out Who Your Real Friends Are
You may start to notice that your friends who you used to always go out with not calling as much, or getting frustrated and annoyed with you when you say you don’t want to go out. They may even try and pressure you into drinking or tell you that, you’ve changed, you’re boring now, don’t you want to have fun anymore? Your real friends will be the people who support your decisions and genuinely want to see you succeed. They’ll be down to go for coffee dates, have board game nights, or just chill and watch Netflix with you. This is actually a really great mechanism to determine who your real friends are, and those friendships will flourish because you will be having legitimate bonding time with those people.
3. You’ll Have More Money
I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent a lot of money over the years on alcohol and partying in general. Going out and buying drinks is super expensive; multiply that by 1-2 times a week and it is certain to put a dent in your bank account. When you stop drinking so often, you’ll start to notice that you’ll have more money that can be put towards things you actually need, or save up for something important to you like travelling, for example.
4. You’ll Lose Weight & Be Healthier Overall
Drinking alcohol regularly adds a whole lot of extra calories to your diet. Over time, these definitely add up and can lead to some weight gain, particularly in the belly area. There’s a good chance that simply eliminating the extra calories from alcohol alone lead to some weight loss, without even trying. As well, eating late night junk food after a night out won’t happen and the urge to eat a big greasy breakfast won’t be there either when you wake up feeling fine. Considering drinking alcohol regularly can come with some detrimental health effects, cutting it out can only mean good things for your health. Your skin may appear more vibrant because you won’t be dehydrated all the time, and your liver will function more efficiently because it won’t be working overtime to process all that alcohol.
5. You’ll Wake Up Early
If you work all week, then Saturday and Sunday mornings will feel extra special because you will actually be able to enjoy them. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to see what kind of adventure the day will bring. You’ll have the energy and motivation to get things done without that nasty headache and nausea that may normally accompany you on these days. You won’t be wasting time lying in bed feeling like death or throwing up in the toilet.
6. You’ll Remember What You Did & Won’t Make A Fool Of Yourself
You won’t be waking up trying to put the pieces of exactly what happened the previous night back together, or wondering how you got where you are and who it is you were with. You’ll have a clear memory of what happened and won’t have to call your friends to figure out the details, or have people reminding you about all the stupid things you did for weeks to come. There will be no avoiding people out of embarrassment for how you acted, or worrying that you may have screwed things up, because you’ll know exactly what you did and what conversations you had.
7. You’ll Be Happier
Overall, you’ll feel happier. Whether it’s a combination of all the above points, or because alcohol is literally a downer, you’ll notice that you will just feel better. You might begin to feel more confident in who you are as a person because you won’t be relying on alcohol to enable you to open up. You may start to devote your time to things that actually bring you joy in life, and you’ll start to surround yourself with people who are on a similar path as you and care about their health and well-being.
This list could go on and on. There are so many great reasons to cut back on your alcohol consumption!