Why I don’t drink alcohol

This weekend I celebrated my baby sister turning 18! 😭

It was a wonderful weekend with family and good friends and for me it was hangover free! I danced, sang (terribly), laughed and thoroughly enjoyed myself. 💃🏼

Gradually, over time, I have become more and more comfortable with the fact that I don’t like drinking alcohol. I don’t like feeling out of control and I hate how it makes you feel the following day – the headaches, low mood, nausea and food cravings. 🤢

When I was younger, however, I felt compelled to get drunk on a night out – it was the social norm. I didn’t always have the confidence to say ‘I don’t drink’ and deal with the inevitable question ‘why not?!’ I’d often find excuses not to drink though – volunteering to be the designated driver was always a winner!

I understand that a lot of people enjoy having an alcoholic drink and I’ll, a handful of times a year, will enjoy a glass of red wine with a meal or a glass of champagne to toast a celebration. However, if you, like me, don’t want to take part in binge drinking sessions just because it’s what everyone else is doing, you don’t have to.

Here are some of the benefits you will feel if you remove alcohol from your life:

– better sleep

– increased energy levels

– better hydration – being dehydrated can affect everything from cognitive function to physical appearance!

– better weight management

– more expendable income

– better gut health

– reduced blood pressure

– improved liver health

– decreased risk of developing cancers

– better mental health

– deeper, more connected relationships

– increased productivity

– reduced risk of heart disease

Alcohol is toxic, it is a drug and we know that it causes a lot of harm to many people. It is socially accepted to get drunk at the weekends and I’m not judging anyone that decides to do this but drinking just to fit in is insane.

Hope everyone has a brilliant week!

Paula xo

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