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What a month off drinking does for your body

Whatever the purpose for your month off alcohol, the health benefits of abstaining remain the same.

Australians and their alcohol: the figures


the percentage of Australians over 18 who drank alcohol in the last year


the number of Australians drinking more than 6 standard drinks per day


the amount the average Australian household spends on alcohol per week


the percentage of Australians drinking at levels that put them at risk of alcohol-related disease

What are the risks of drinking too much?

Alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation, but drinking too much has negative impacts on your wellbeing.

Short-term risks

Reduced concentration
Poor sleep quality
Intense moods (aggression, elation, depression)
Slower reflexes

Long-term risks

Irreversible liver, brain or nervous system damage
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Increased chance of a number of cancers
Alcohol-related disease, illness or injuries

How much is too much?

Men and women:
no more than two standard drinks per day

What can happen if you give up drinking for five weeks?

Improve quality of sleep
Increase in wakefulness
Enhance work performance
Improve concentration

Lose weight
Decrease in cholesterol
Lower blood glucose
Decrease in liver fat

Other benefits of giving up alcohol


The average Australian Household will save $140 a month - that's over $1,600 a year (or roughly 85 avocado toasts)

Mental health

Your mental health could improve, as alcohol can trigger or worsen existing symptoms of anxiety

Cut calories

You can cut out an average of 433 calories (men) or 300 calories (women) per day

Healthier skin

Alcohol causes dehydration, so abstaining will leave you with hydrated healthier-looking skin

What to expect when you stop drinking

Make #onechange to your drinking habits

Drink a glass of water before, between, and after drinks

Aim for at least four alcohol-free days per week

Track your alcohol with an app like BAC alcohol Calculator

Arrange early morning weekend catch-ups - and stick to them

Republished with permission from OneLife - AIA Vitality