But what can you expect if you give up alcohol even if just for two weeks? Well, here is just seven of the benefits to help you…
1. You’ll sleep more soundly.
One recent study found drinking before bed increases alpha wave patterns in the brain—a kind of cerebral activity that usually occurs when you’re awake but resting. The result? Disrupted sleep. You may toss and turn a bit at first, but give up alcohol and the sleep you get will likely leave you feeling more refreshed and sharp the next day.
2. You’ll consume less at dinner.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, alcohol is one of the biggest drivers of excess food intake. That may be because alcohol heightens our senses. Researchers revealed that some women who had received an alcohol “infusion” equivalent to two drinks, ate 30% more food than those who’d received a saline solution. Even mild intoxication increased the women’s brain activity in the hypothalamus, making them more sensitive to the smell of food and prompting them to eat more.
3. You may feel new sugar cravings.
Sugar boosts levels of the chemical dopamine, which fuels feelings of pleasure. Alcohol does the same thing. So it’s very possible that when you give up one substance that causes happy-making chemicals to float around your brain, you’ll be more likely to reach for the other.
4. Pounds will start to fall off.
Alcohol has a sneaky way of increasing your daily calorie intake without you realizing it. One margarita may contain 300+ calories—mostly from sugar. (A delicious piña colada might have 450 calories!).
5. Hello, clear complexion.
Within a few days, you’ll notice your skin looking and feeling more hydrated. That’s because alcohol is a diuretic (makes you pee more frequently). Alcohol also decreases the body’s production of antidiuretic hormone, which helps the body reabsorb water. (Less water in the body equals parched-looking skin.) Ruddiness in your cheeks and around your nose may also start to fade, and other skin conditions—such as dandruff, eczema, or rosacea—may also improve.
6. You’ll have more money.