Sober October - Leading Doctor Reveal Life-Changing Health Benefits of Abstaining from Alcohol.
Dr Chun Tang, Medical Director and GP at Pall Mall Medical, explains the huge health benefits of abstaining from alcohol ahead of Go Sober for October.
Abstaining from alcohol can result in a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. The specific benefits you experience can vary depending on factors such as the level of alcohol consumption, individual health, and personal circumstances.
Here are some of the potential advantages of going sober, according to Dr Tang.
Improved Liver Health
Alcohol is metabolised in the liver, and chronic alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage, including fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis. Going sober allows the liver to heal and regenerate, improving its function and reducing the risk of liver-related diseases.
Reduced Risk of Chronic Diseases
Quitting alcohol can lower the risk of various chronic health conditions, including heart disease, certain types of cancer (such as liver, mouth, throat, and breast cancer), and pancreatitis.
Better Blood Pressure
Alcohol can elevate blood pressure, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular problems. Sobriety can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension-related complications.
Enhanced Immune System
Alcohol weakens the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections. Going sober can boost the immune response, improving the body's ability to fend off illnesses.
Improved Mental Health
Many people experience improved mood and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression after quitting alcohol. Alcohol can disrupt brain chemistry, and sobriety can lead to greater mental well-being and emotional stability.
While alcohol may help some individuals fall asleep initially, it can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to poor-quality sleep. Going sober often results in better sleep, leading to increased energy and alertness during the day.
Alcohol is often high in calories, and abstaining can lead to weight loss or better weight management for some individuals.
Alcohol can irritate the digestive system and lead to gastrointestinal problems. Sobriety can result in improved digestion and fewer digestive issues.
Reduced Risk of Accidents
Alcohol impairs judgment and coordination, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries. Going sober can lead to a safer and more injury-free lifestyle.
Longer Life Expectancy
Overall, quitting alcohol is associated with a longer life expectancy due to reduced risks of alcohol-related diseases and health complications.
It's essential to remember that quitting alcohol may be challenging, and some individuals could require support or medical supervision, especially if they experience withdrawal symptoms or have underlying health issues related to alcohol use. Seeking guidance from healthcare professionals or support groups can be invaluable during the process of going sober. We offer same and next day GP appointments if you want fast access to private healthcare.