My name is Laura and I am writing as a recovering alcoholic. I’ve been sober for six years after falling pregnant with my first child. It has been a long and hard path for me because of these things, but while it still feels like one day at time, I can appreciate how much better life is now.
Recently, I helped commission and edit an article on the main benefits of sobriety. From personal experience, I can say that I’ve felt or experienced these pleasant surprises myself in the last six years.
The Benefits of Sobriety You May Not Have Considered:
We all know that alcoholism is a dangerous lifestyle choice and that once we have achieved sobriety we are likely to live longer, happier and healthier lives. However there are many other benefits that accompany sobriety that you may not have considered or even expect.
You’ll Save a Fortune:
This one seems really obvious but it’s something that people don’t tend to think about. When you give up alcohol and opt for a life of sobriety your bank balance will suddenly look so much healthier. No more expensive alcohol in bars and restaurants, no more cab rides home because you’re too drunk to drive and no more late night trips to the liquor store. When you take a second to think about how much you were spending on all of these things you’ll be amazed at how much money just one month of sobriety will enable you to save; now you just have to decide what to spend it on.
You’ll Look Good:
Finally, alcohol is not good for the skin. It makes you look grey, haggard, and much older than your years very quickly. Within the space of just a few weeks of giving up alcohol however you will notice that you begin to look different: your skin will look brighter and have a healthy colour. Drawn cheeks and eyes will suddenly look plumper and healthier. This is because alcohol is dehydrating and drains skin of the essential water and vitamins it needs. Vanity may not be your main reason to give up alcohol, but it certainly is a good one!
One of the biggest fears many of us have about getting sober is that people won’t want to hang out with us anymore. We learned to equate socializing with drinking. But in reality, when our drinking got to its worst, most of us were actually isolating much of the time. We may have ditched some friends who thought we boozed too much—or we may have been ditched because of our behaviour.
If you want to have a look at my published article please click here