Sales of alcoholic beverages have skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Isolation and boredom have forced even fifteen year sober comedian John Mullaney to relapse.

As Marjo and I often talk about on the air, I love me some Coors Lights; however, a good break from alcohol every once in awhile can do wonders for you.

During the winter of 2018 when my wife was in treatment for breast cancer, I found myself drinking too much. A friend of mine recommended a wonderful book entitled "This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol" by Annie Grace.

While reading this book I found my perception of alcohol to change from a positive to a negative, resulting in a four month abstention.

Here's some things that I noticed during my break from beer.

1. OVERALL IMPROVED SLEEP

Alcohol can prevent R.E.M. sleep. You'll fall asleep quicker; however, you'll most likely awake in the middle of the night.

2. LESS ANXIETY

I run kind of on the anxious side anyway; however abstaining or consuming less alcohol, I find my anxiety level is way down. Alcohol is a depressant.

3. SAVING MONEY

Whether you drink at a restaurant or bar or just make package store runs, you'll see the difference in your bank account.

4. BETTER LOOKING SKIN

Alcohol is a diuretic, which makes you pee more often than you normally would. The dehydration can really dry out your skin.

5. REALLY GOOD NON ALCOHOLIC BEERS

I don't wanna be snobby, but Coors NA is TERRIBLE. O'Douls is manageable, but there are some really good non-alcoholic brews out there. I recommend Clausthauler "Dry Hopped" or Athletic Brewing Double IPA. Absolutely delicious and totally satisfying.

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