It’s that time of the year again when New Year’s resolutions are made, and more people are looking to give up alcohol for the month of January and possibly beyond. After a month without alcohol in your system, both your mind and body are likely to benefit from it.

Benefits of being alcohol free:

Sleep improvement

Alcohol is known to affect your sleep cycle. The longer you abstain from alcohol, the better sleep quality you will have.

Better eating patterns 

After cutting the alcohol out and you begin to work on a healthier way of life, your body will be able to absorb nutrients better.

Better mental health

Alcohol is a depressant, increasing the rate of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and Schizophrenia. Alcohol can also put pressure on your relationships, your career and your finances.

Skin health improvement 

Alcohol causes the skin to become red, blotchy and puffy. Staying alcohol free will help keep your skin hydrated.

Financially better

Work out how much money you would have normally spent on alcohol throughout the month, keep your money aside. Then at the end of month treat yourself or keep it in a savings account.

Physical health improvement

Symptoms such as high blood pressure, fatty liver problems, acid reflux and digestive issues should decrease.


If you feel the compulsion to drink is too strong and find it difficult to stop or modify your drinking patterns, you most likely have an alcohol addiction.

Seeking professional help offers the only long-term solution to any addiction. Your GP can also offer advice and refer you to support groups in your area. Having someone to encourage and support you during the hard times will be invaluable to your recovery. Ask a friend or relative to come with you to your appointments with your GP or counsellor.

To speak to one of our expert treatment advisers today, please call on 0330 175 7031 today or click on the links below to find out more about alcohol addiction.

Behaviours of alcohol addiction

What is alcohol addiction

How to stop drinking alcohol