However, it doesn’t have to stop there. You may want to consider incorporating the new alcohol-free habits you built in January even longer to reap the health benefits to not drinking alcohol, or “staying dry.” Without further ado, here are five benefits of reducing alcohol consumption that you might want to consider as you evaluate how drinking less can fit into your all-year lifestyle.
1. Better Looking Skin
Do you have lots of redness or discoloration in your skin? If that’s the case, then it may partially be from drinking. Heavy alcohol consumption has been shown to increase inflammation and reduce collagen levels, promoting saggy skin. Long story short, if you want to keep your complexion in pristine condition, then you might want to consider limiting alcohol consumption or staying away completely.2. Deeper Sleep
If you have trouble sleeping at night, that may partially be from alcohol consumption. Alcohol interrupts the sleep-wake cycle and decreases restorative “REM” sleep which is designed to help you feel refreshed and energized the next morning. Even though alcohol may make you feel tired, it actually doesn’t help you sleep better.
When you're looking to relax, Curious No. 3 is our take on the classic Cucumber Collins that combines lemon, cucumber, alpine flowers, herbs, and ashwagandha*. This mix can help aid in stress relief and relaxation for those nights when your mind can’t seem to wind down enough to get a good night’s rest.
3. Improved Brain Health
For those who drink often, it has the potential to impact memory and cognitive recognition. However, decreasing consumption or stopping completely may help improve brain health. Do you find your mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be when doing crosswords or memory games? You might see an improvement if you continue to abstain from alcohol as you give your brain time to re-strengthen motor memory and skills.
4. Enhanced Immunity
If there’s anything the last few years have taught us, it’s to take care of our immune health to the best of our ability. Normally the body produces a plethora of white blood cells to help fight off infection. However, for those who drink frequently, the number of white blood cells produced may decrease. In these instances, individuals are more susceptible to colds and other illnesses that occur as a result of poor immune health.
When you’re not feeling your best, sometimes you might need a pick-me up drink. In that case, you may want to opt for our Curious No. 1. This pomegranate cocktail is made with rhodiola and gentian to boost energy that can help especially when you’re not feeling well*.
5. Reduced Risk of Cancer
To say that you won’t ever get cancer if you don’t drink alcohol is a massive understatement. However, the more alcohol you drink increases the likelihood of developing certain cancers: breast, liver, oral, throat, esophageal, etc.
If there’s something you can proactively do to help decrease your likelihood of getting cancer, then eliminating alcohol might seem like a no-brainer....
Whether you're going sober or sober curious in the coming months, we've got your back—just because you’re choosing to stay booze-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious cocktails. Our non-alcoholic drinks have a similar flavor profile as many beloved cocktails—seriously. Plus, you can say goodbye to the dreaded hangover the next morning (you’ll thank us, trust me.)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Those who are pregnant should not consume No. 3 as it contains ashwagandha. If you have specific health concerns, consult with your health professionals before consuming adaptogens.