Here's An Incredibly Huge Reason To Skip That Third Glass Of Wine

by Leigh Weingus

Between the holiday parties and all that expensive wine at your parents' house that you just couldn't pass up, I'm going to guess you've had a pretty boozy -- and pretty awesome -- December.

I'm all about having a good time, but according to new government data, alcohol-related deaths have reached an all-time high.

In 2014, more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-related causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is alcohol-related damage to the liver.

That number excludes alcohol-related accidents (like drunk driving) and homicides committed while under the influence.

This alcohol-related death total increased a whopping 37 percent since 2002.

In other words, alcohol is pretty damn dangerous.

And while some research says one or two drinks a few times a week can help with stress, quitting drinking altogether for a few weeks can also be a good move when it comes to your health.

Ditching booze for just two weeks can improve your quality of sleep, help ward off depression, clear up your skin and even help you lose a little bit of that holiday weight.

Plus, your liver needs a break. You partied way too much this month, and you know it.

Who's up for Dry January?

Citations: Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates (The Washington Post)