You may think you know the benefits of not drinking alcohol, but here’s a new one: Last year, one in six Brits attempted to ditch drinking for Dry January, most citing wins for their skin, hair and overall health. But did you know that one of the major benefits of not drinking alcohol is that your eyesight will be dramatically improved? No, us neither.
According to Stephen Hanna, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express, there are a whole host of benefits to your eyes and overall eye health in addition to the more commonly known benefits of not drinking alcohol.
Alcohol can cause itchiness and irritation of the eyes and, in some cases of long-term alcohol abuse, alcohol can even cause permanent damage to your optic nerves. Hannan states that the benefits of not drinking alcohol for even 24 hours are clear: ‘Your blood sugar levels will normalise and blurred vision caused by alcohol intake will disappear.’
If you still need convincing, here’s a handy timeline of how your whole body will thank you for staying booze-free:
Benefits of not drinking alcohol after a week:
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means you lose fluid through sweating and those all-too-frequent toilet visits on a night out. Within a week, normal hydration levels become sustained in your whole body, including your eyes. Drinking lots of water can also speed up this process.
After two weeks:
Your blood pressure starts to normalise, which reduces your chances of getting hypertensive retinopathy. This a condition which can seriously damage the way your eyes focus on images.
After three weeks:
As Dry January draws to a close, your liver is already starting to benefit from the lack of alcohol and this is reflected in your eye health. Expect the sciera (white bit of the eye) to lose any yellow tinge it might have from excessive drinking.
After one month:
Following a month’s abstinence, red blood cells are beginning to renew which causes a better blood and oxygen flow for all your organs, including your eyes. A good circulation is key in obtaining good eyesight.
Suddenly, that glass of prosecco is looking less appealing