7 Things That Are Better Without Alcohol

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WOULD YOU RATHER…

Take cheap shots of whiskey at a dive bar, throw up on yourself and wake up hungover with no wallet and no phone?
OR

Crush your workout, hang out with friends in the beautiful weather and wake up ready for anything?
You decide.

Think drinking makes everything better? Think again.

Here are seven things that are better without alcohol:

1. CHASING THRILLS

If you’re a thrill seeker, there’s nothing better than a day riding rollercoasters, going whitewater rafting or taking your motorcycle out for a spin. When you add alcohol to these activities, expect your thrills to go down. Alcohol can make you dizzy and nauseous on that coaster, slow your reaction time to the rapids and make you less alert on your motorcycle. Don’t let your day of adventure end with a trip to the ER and a call to your commander.

2. HAVING SEX

Erectile dysfunction, less sexual desire, unprotected sex, unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are just some of the things you might experience when you combine alcohol and sex. Instead of a drunken, disappointing one-night-stand, go for a sober, consensual night of passion. You won’t regret it!

3. TAKING A ROAD TRIP

Road trips are a great way to spend time with friends and visit new places. What’s not great is stopping every 20 minutes to pee or throwing up in the backseat. Drinking alcohol can cause more trips to the bathroom and dizziness. If you decide to drink on a road trip, do it responsibly. Wait until you reach your destination to avoid frequent stops and expensive cleaning bills.

4. SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE

Outdoor activities like swimming and boating or skiing and sledding can turn deadly if you try them while drinking. Alcohol can slow your reaction time, mess with your motor skills and cause problems in extreme temperatures. Too much beer in the summer can dehydrate you, while too much whiskey in the winter can make you feel warm when you’re actually dangerously cold. Stick with water to stay safe and hydrated.

5. WORKING OUT

Lifting weights and drinking just don’t mix. Not only is it dangerous to handle heavy equipment while intoxicated, but drinking alcohol can ruin your workout the next day. Alcohol dehydrates you, makes it harder to build muscle and screws up your heart rate. Remember to drink plenty of water to get you through a hard workout, especially if you had a few drinks the night before.

6. WATCHING A MOVIE

You spend at least $30 on a movie ticket, large popcorn and beer. But when the lights go down, you start to drift off and can’t seem to remember what just happened. That beer can make you drowsy and affect your memory. Next time, skip the alcohol and enjoy the show.

7. SLEEPING

Ever fall into a deep sleep after a glass of wine only to wake up more tired than you were before? That’s because alcohol interrupts your sleep. Grab a non-alcoholic beverage instead to make sure you get a restful eight hours.

Sometimes drinking gets in the way of a memorable experience. Instead of reaching for a drink before every activity, ask yourself, “Do I need this to have fun?” If the answer is yes, think about getting help.

Posted August 1, 2018