One month may seem like too little time to show any health benefits, but not drinking for four weeks can have dramatic, positive health effects. And not to mention a 100% reduction in hangovers.
A study conducted by Professor Kevin Moore found3 that a 30-day break in alcohol led to a significant drop in blood pressure and cholesterol, a decrease in insulin resistance, which is the main factor driving the development of diabetes and fatty liver disease, weight loss and a drop in two growth factors that are tied to cancer development.
Even being sober for one week has positive benefits to your health. Your sleep pattern will improve, and on average, you’ll get an extra five to six REM cycles a night4, which is a stage of sleep associated with dreaming and memory consolidation. The benefits of higher quality sleep include better decision making, improved learning and problem-solving. Even eating patterns and hydration will improve, resulting in brighter skin, fewer headaches and stable moods.
Considering these findings, pausing your alcohol consumption could help you reflect on your current lifestyle and make long-term changes for the better.