Staying sober this October
October 21st, 2019
This month is Sober October and abstaining from drinking alcohol for a month or even a few weeks, offers all sorts of health benefits. Drinking to excess, puts stress on your internal organs, affects your quality of sleep, your skin, your energy levels and can often cause anxiety.
It is also linked to a host of diseases and cancers, so prolonged and excessive drinking can increase your chances of getting health complications. Giving up will allow your liver to recover, get rid of the excess fat and start repairing itself.
What should I be drinking?
NHS guidelines indicate men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week.
How can I cut down?
Alcohol withdrawal includes both physical and psychological symptoms, especially if you drink a lot and often. These can include hand tremors, sweating, anxiety and insomnia. Make sure you look after yourself by:
- Eating well
- Don’t drink too much caffeine.
The first 4/5 days are the worst and after seven days symptoms should subside.
Do you have a problem?
You may do, if you’re…
- Drinking daily
- Think about drinking more often
- Your drinking is causing issues (anger/fighting)
- Affecting your moods/work/relationships
- Is increasing
- Causing health issues.
Where can I get help?
NHS has lots of information about where to get help: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/