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Learn how drinking less alcohol can help you look, sleep and feel better.

What are other benefits of drinking less?

Researchers have studied people who take part in alcohol-free campaigns such as Dry January (when people resolve to give up alcohol for all of January) to see how drinking less affects their health. For example, a 2019 University of Sussex study found that Dry January participants’ health improved in a number of ways:

  • Felt healthier in general.
  • Slept better.
  • Had more energy.
  • Lost weight.
  • Could concentrate better.
  • Had better skin.

The study found other benefits of drinking less included:

  • Felt a sense of achievement.
  • Saved money.
  • Felt more in control of their drinking.
  • Learned more about when and why they drink.
  • Realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves.

How can drinking less help me sleep better?

Studies have found that stopping drinking gives you more energy. That’s partly because drinking alcohol makes it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Alcohol reduces the amount of deep sleep you get, which can make you tired the next day.

Drinking can also make you need to go to the toilet more often during the night, which interrupts your sleep and makes you dehydrated. This could make you wake up feeling thirsty. Drinking can even make you snore more, and more loudly.

More alcohol-free days can help you sleep better more often, leading to more energy and other health benefits.

How can drinking less help me look better?

Drinking less alcohol can also help you look, as well as feel, better. When you urinate more, you get dehydrated. This affects how your skin and eyes look. It can make them appear duller. By drinking less, you can not only feel brighter and more alert, but look brighter, too.

Alcohol is also high in calories, which mean that drinking a lot can make you gain weight.

Other benefits to your appearance of drinking less include less bloating and generally looking better through getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding a hangover.

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Resources

Drink Aware UK - How alcohol affects relationships

Information on how drinking too much can affect your relationships.