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Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Less

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Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Less
Contributed by Casey Clark- Casey Clark is a freelance writer from New York City who specializes in beauty, style, and food content. Casey's work has been featured in Women's Health, Allure, Forbes, Marie Claire, etc. When she's not writing, you can find her swatching the latest lipsticks or out to brunch with her girlfriends.
 
If you did the Dry January challenge and abstained from drinking alcohol for the entire month, then you may have noticed an improvement in your energy, complexion, and memory. While not all of these can always be directly correlated to not drinking, it’s possible that staying dry had something to do with it. For many, this elimination of alcohol for the first month of the year serves as a much-needed reset from the near two months of holidays filled with festive ciders, cocktails and alcoholic beverages.  

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. 

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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. 

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  • Alice Bemand on

    Person in long-term recovery, looking forward to #3, just ordered today! Curious: why numbers and not names?

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