When it comes to the evolution of our modern society, and the men and women who live in it, we have certainly come a long way in the last 10,000 years. And while just about every facet of our lives have changed since then, from the governments that run our countries, to the jobs we have, the diseases we face, and the even trading in horses or heaven forbid, walking for planes, trains and automobiles. Yes, it doesn’t take much to realize that the world today is a far cry from the one that existed back then, however, there are always some remnants of the past that always linger, always stay relevant, and are always in demand. And when it comes to human evolution and development, looking back throughout history it becomes clear that mankind has kept brought one innovation along with them every step of the way – alcohol.
Alcohol has been a part of the human story for 10,000 plus years, and while the production of alcohol has most certainly changed across the millennia, it is still enjoyed in just about every corner of the globe. But while there seems to be an ever growing variety of alcohol to choose from, it seems that the reasons we drink are a bit more finite.
For some folks, alcohol is a go to way to relieve stress. And although it is likely that it was of different things, we are quite confident that people have been drinking alcohol ever since its inception in order to cope with the hardships of life. When consumed in sufficient amounts, alcohol come with the added benefit of numbing all the stressors in your life such as money, relationships, and your job. Just remember that they’ll still be there when you sober up.
Many people will find themselves drinking because everyone around them is drinking, and they don’t want to feel like the “odd duck out.” Others will drink because it is fun. In case you have never experienced it before, being drunk makes people feel happy, spirited and open to new, fun experiences. A few people drink because unless they do drink, they feel they would never try anything new. Perhaps they are shy, scared, and plagued with inhibitions that are preventing them from doing and experiencing some thing in life. And fewer still drink simply because they enjoy the taste of it.
Assuming that you were once a teenager, then chances are you know that most teens find themselves face to face with alcohol at some point. Very often they will choose to drink because of curiosity, wondering what all the fuss is about, and further enticed by the “forbidden fruit” element. And sometimes, those same kids will drink because of accessibility, for if there is always booze laying around in quantity, then in all likelihood it is only a matter of time before the temptation gets the best of them.
Yes, alcohol has been a faithful companion to mankind on their journey through history, and very often those interactions have been heavily documented. In fact, every doctor and most people can tell you if you haven’t experienced first hand what your body will go through if you consume too much alcohol on too regular of a basis. However, what doesn’t often get spoken about is what happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol. That is, until today.
Most of us are familiar with what a few drinks will do to our bodies, however, we invite you to learn what abstaining from those drinks altogether could potentially mean for your body and your health. So please enjoy as we present to you some of the surprising things that happen to your body when you stop drinking alcohol.
You Will Lose Weight
When asked, the vast majority of people will admittedly say that they could go for losing a few pounds, and of course, that is a sliding scale. However, if you are trying to lose weight but haven’t adjusted your happy hour consumption accordingly, then don’t be surprised if those stubborn pounds stay right where they are. On the other hand, if you were to quit drinking altogether, you may notice that your weight loss efforts just got a whole lot easier. But why does this happen?
Most people experience weight loss when they give up alcohol because, firstly, most alcoholic drinks are packed with calories. Did you know that a single can of beer has in and around 150 calories(and that’s being generous), and a rum and coke has about the same. And while we are fans of drinks with umbrellas in them as much as the next person, you may want to reconsider when you learn that a Pina Colada packs a whopping 425 calories! That’s per drink.
As if they caloric content wasn’t bad enough, but the calories that are found in alcoholic beverages are what is known as “empty calories,” meaning they are void of all nutrients. So if you are trying to get your days fill of vitamins and minerals (as you should), you’ll have to eat more food on top of the calories already consumed from your bar bill. But wait, it doesn’t end there.
Have you ever left a bar or a party at 2 am and all you could think about is eating the biggest pizza you could lay your hands on? Well, you’re not alone, because a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition highlights that alcohol consumption also tends to make us overeat. Couple that with lowered inhibitions, and you may have the explanation as to why all your dieting hasn’t been paying off.
When you were a kid, what was the one thing that the dentist told you to do aside from brushing? That’s right, stay away from sugar. That is because sugar is a major cause of cavities. So this shouldn't come as all that much of a surprise to you when you learn that alcohol, which also contains a large amount of sugar, is incredibly bad for your oral health.
Truth be told, when it comes to sugar content, not all alcoholic drinks are created equal. As out top offenders, we have your cream-based liqueurs, your sherry, and your cider. But have you ever noticed how after a night of drinking, your mouth is almost certainly parched and dry in the morning? That is because alcohol reduces the production of saliva in the mouth, and saliva is the main defense against harmful bacteria found in the mouth. Without, this bacteria can grow, eventually causing cavities, plaque, and bad breath.