We at Your Spicy Life believe that cutting out alcohol is one of the best ways to get the most out of your day and live the Spicy Life.
We’re promising to take a break from booze for the next 12 months or else we will pay $500 to our chosen charities.
We would love you to join us by promising to take a break from alcohol or pay your chosen amount to a charity of your choice. Then share this with your friends and encourage them to donate to your chosen charity and cheer you on. You don’t have to do it for 12 months, you can choose whatever amount of time feels right for you.
Going sober for 12 months doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun and sit at home every night watching Netflix in bed (unless of course you want to). We strongly believe that booze-free living can be so much fun! With a little confidence in yourself you can still do all the things you’d usually do when drinking, like attending social gatherings and dancing the night away. The only difference is you’ll wake up with a clear head and the energy to make the most out of your day.
Some of the benefits of not drinking for an extended period of time include:
- weight loss
- having a clearer mind
- gaining at least one extra productive day per week
- saving money
- improved energy
- more motivation and clarity to set and achieve your goals
- learning how to be confident in social situations without alcohol
- increased focus and mental stamina
- improved mood and reduced anxiety and depression caused by alcohol
- giving your liver a break
- lowered cholesterol
- better sleep
We’ll also have lots of tools to help increase your confidence so you are equipped to spice up your alcohol-free life. We’ll be sharing these tools and tips over at Your Spicy Life and on this Facebook group we’ve created, so once you’ve made your promise be sure to head over to the group, add yourself and say hi.
The Impact Alcohol Has on Your Body
Alcohol affects some key neurotransmitters (naturally occurring brain chemicals that sends signals from your nerve cells to a specific target cell that tells it how to act) by suppressing glutamate, the neurotransmitter that gives you energy to do the things you love and by increasing the neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) which slows down your functioning so you become more forgetful and sleepy (blame GABA for that time you fell asleep in a bar or when you forgot your wallet!).
It also increases dopamine which targets the reward center of the brain to turn on your feel good endorphins in the same way caffeine and sugar do to a smaller extent and cocaine, methamphetamine and nicotine do to a (potentially) larger extent.
While alcohol leaves you feeling relaxed initially, after the effects wear off the next day, your body starts to crave dopamine again, one of the reasons you feel hungover and sometimes even anxious or depressed. This is why some consider another alcoholic drink to be one of the best hangover cures because it gives the brain another hit of dopamine. Not that we recommend this at all!
So make your promise to the charity of your choice and head over to our Facebook group so we can all support each other in taking a break from the plonk!