A career in a healthcare-related area gives anyone an image of knowing a thing or two about health in general. It doesn’t matter what branch of it you’re in, if you’re going to be a medical person you need to know these things.
It’s not a bad image, is it? Having a certain amount of respect given to you automatically puts you on your toes, making you aware of having a certain amount of responsibility, and while it would be foolish to dish out your wisdom in areas where you’re not qualified, there is general health advice which you can and should read up on.
For instance, everyone says drinking alcohol is bad for you, but do you have any concrete information about alcohol addiction in general?
There is more than one way to learn about addiction, and I took the hardest one: without intending too, of course, I became an alcoholic and a meth addict. I started drinking at age nine, then smoking marijuana and on to anything I could get my hands on. How I wish I had known then what I know now, before I went helter skelter after the chemical highs and ended up in prison.
Today I am a successful businessman, running a company that helps other companies in the technology field. I discovered I was a bit of a techie when I came out the other side of my addictions and started looking for what to do with my life.
I started working hard, I began to live right and through a lot of hard work it all fell into place.
So because of this long and arduous life path of mine, I know the benefits of giving up alcohol. And here are my top five benefits of quitting.
- Health improvement
When a drinker gives it up, good things happen health-wise right across the board. Some of these things happen immediately and obviously, while others are more gradual and it’s a question of the problems you avoid having in future.
For instance, all the sugar in alcoholic drinks and alcohol itself can lead to diabetes. The strain it puts on your heart can cause heart attacks and strokes. The damage it does to your liver and kidneys can lead to everything from hepatitis to dialysis. It affects your mental health too.
- Lose weight and look better
Because of the sugar, drinkers tend to put on weight. They also develop bad habits such as eating junk food, which adds to the problem. And the third of the unholy trinity: it causes your body to retain water, giving you that bloated look you see on people who are always in the bar or drinking at home.
There is no need to start doing anything to reverse this. It’s what you don’t do that matters. Don’t drink the alcohol and you won’t gain the weight. Stop drinking and you will start losing it immediately.
- Your performance will improve
That’s all kinds of performance. At work you’ll be sharper, faster and more efficient. People will notice and they’ll be happy. Eventually even you will notice and be happy. If you’re a sportsperson but have lost your magic touch, allowing your body and mind to play without the invisible hindrance of alcohol can turn back the clock, allowing your talents to shine. You’ll even notice it in your sex life.
- You’ll have more energy
This is closely related to point 3. Your energy levels affect how you perform. So not only will your skills come back, released from the shackles of your general sluggishness, but you’ll be raring to go. In the gym, on the sports field, in bed: okay, world, bring it on. I’m back!
- You’ll feel better in yourself
Funny expression, isn’t it, feeling better “in yourself”? It means your mood will improve. Life seems a lot easier when you’re not looking at it through a self-inflicted haze. You’ll have more confidence, and the fact that other people will notice it too means you’ll feel doubly good. No longer will you be getting away with things and knowing deep down you could have done better. You will be giving of your best – that will be your default setting.
Everyone likes to liked, loved, admired and respected. And we all feel better when we know we’re performing better.
Some might say the old newspaper lines about someone’s “struggle with alcohol and depression” is a chicken and egg situation. But one thing is for sure: although some people find a few drinks give them a lift, that doesn’t last and in the long term it will weigh you down.
Being clean and sober, allowing your body and your brain to function as nature intended, is one of the fundamentals of a happy life.
So if you’re reading this because you’re interested in helping others, as I am, I hope it’s given you a bit of ammunition. And if you’re assessing yourself against this list, good for you and I hope it all works out.
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