November and December are crazy months of eating and drinking. When I was in Spain I learned about a thing from the UK: Dry January. On the day I read about it, I was recovering from too much wine after the completion of our last graded class, so it was particularly apt.
Starting on January 1, I stopped drinking alcohol for the month. Health wise, it was very easy. My body easily fell into the groove. Sleeping improved – my watch tells me I went from an average of 6 hours of sleep to 8-8.5 hours a night. Although, that might have happened because my MBA was over and I wasn’t staying up late posting and writing.
I did not lose any weight but I heard that is a side benefit for many. At 3600 calories a pound that is around 30 drinks so I can see how that would not be a weight loss differentiator for most.
For me the hardest part was social. Alcohol helps my extroverted talkative side come out. However, it was easy enough to fall into listening instead of talking. It was good to listen to people and hear their stories. So, bonus points for learning that my introverted self can survive parties just as well.
I do not plan to continue with the absolutely no alcohol rule. Reduction is good though, and I intend to maintain a new lower limit. I learned from a friend that she only drinks once a week and special occasions. That sounds doable and healthy.