It is difficult to voluntarily keep alcohol consumption in check, and the habit of 'a healthy glass or two' often turns into a deadly addiction. Hence, the best way out is to abstain from it altogether.
A Life Without Alcohol
Not drinking alcohol results in cheerful minds and healthy bodies. There will be no more hangovers and no more DUIs. Getting off the habit will help you to maintain a positive outlook, make rational and useful decisions and live a better life altogether. Work improves, the mind-set improves, relationships improve, including those with your family.
One of the many functions of the liver is the assimilation of alcohol. Most of the alcohol that we consume (about 90%) is metabolized and absorbed into our body through the liver. This organ can only process about half an ounce of alcohol every hour. If more is consumed, the liver cannot process it and complications arise in our vital systems due to the increased alcohol content in the blood. Furthermore, if this goes on unchecked over a long period of time, the liver can become permanently damaged. Liver cirrhosis and other liver disorders are a leading cause of alcohol-related deaths. Staying off alcohol results in a healthier liver, which is crucial, because the liver is a vital organ, i.e., the human body cannot survive without it.
Brain cells are affected due to alcohol. Prolonged overuse results in lesions on the brain. It also damages cognitive (understanding) functions and memory. People addicted to alcohol sometimes lose the ability to form long-term memories. Due to the inhibition-lowering effect of alcohol, it has also been linked with increased domestic violence, teenage pregnancies and child abuse. Teetotalers, on the other hand, can maintain a firm grasp over themselves and be responsible for their actions.
The placental barrier between a mother and her developing baby is permeable to alcohol. If alcohol is consumed by a pregnant woman, the fetus is invariably affected. This leads to miscarriages, stillbirth, or severe congenital disorders in the baby. Even if you are not a teetotaler, alcohol should never be drunk during pregnancy. Putting down the drink puts you at a much lesser risk during pregnancy, so that you avoid any medical complications.
Lower Chances of Obesity
Alcohol contains far more sugars than many fruits, but no nutrients at all. This leads to unhealthy weight gain. This weight gain (obesity) increases the chances of more serious problems like diabetes, heart problems, depression etc. It is very difficult to reduce weight gained due to alcohol. By the time one realizes this, it is usually too late. A teetotaler is at a lower risk for these problems.
Improved Social Life
Addiction to alcohol also causes psychological and social problems. As mentioned before, alcohol causes hormonal imbalance in our bodies, causing frequent bouts of depression, insomnia, dementia, etc. Although alcoholic beverages are part of the fabric of many cultures, abusive overuse of alcohol is often condemned by societal norms, leading to the alcoholic becoming an outcast. No more alcohol will mean no more of any of the above mental/psychological problems.
There are some who advocate the benefits of alcohol, and, for the sake of fairness, they do have a point. As mentioned earlier, consumption of alcohol in small quantities does, indeed, has some benefits. However, resorting to alcohol as a medicine can hardly be deemed necessary, as a well-balanced diet and regular exercise is more than enough to 'keep the doctor away'.