2016 has just begun, and now is a great time to set yearly goals, especially those which are related to staying sober. There are many good reasons to quit drinking, and some of these include improved health, higher self-esteem, and a greater quality of life. While the term “new year’s resolution” has become a bit of a cliché, there are many reasons why the start of the year is the best time to change your drinking habits for good:
The Start of a New Year is Ideal for Change
January is the first month of the year and it represents change, reconciliation and reinvigoration. It is the best time for those who want to start with a clean slate. If you don’t begin making lifestyle changes during January, it will become much harder to do it later in the year because you will be bogged down with a variety of work, family or school related issues. January occurs just after Christmas and New Year’s Eve and the decisions you make during this month will set the tone for the remainder of the year.
The New Year Allows You to Repair Damaged Relationships
Alcohol abuse not only ruins the lives of individuals, but it ruins the relationships they have with others. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to make a sincere effort to repair these relationships. Showing your friends, family and loved ones that you are making a serious effort to end your alcohol addiction will do a lot to mend ties with them, which will give you the warmth and support you need to stay on the path towards complete recovery.
The Sooner You Stop Drinking the Longer Your Life Will Be
Research indicates that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can reduce your lifespan by as much as 8 years. The reason for this is because alcohol abuse has been linked to a variety of different health problems, some of which are dangerous. The sooner you stop drinking the healthier you will become.
Quitting Alcohol Will Keep More Money in Your Pocket
Excessive drinking is not only hard on your liver and pancreas, but it can also do serious damage to your wallet. Anyone who visits the bars regularly can tell you that alcohol isn’t cheap, especially if you’re drinking the “good stuff.” Once you quit drinking alcohol you can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per year, which is money that can be invested in a business, or used to take classes to acquire new skills.
Overcoming Alcohol Abuse will make You More Productive and Successful
Alcoholics are rarely productive or successful in any area of life. This is because alcohol keeps them a state where their minds and bodies are disorganized and unable to perform tasks in a manner that will allow them to accomplish anything. Once you overcome alcohol addiction you will find that you will get more done. You will have more energy and your mood and outlook on life will improve.