4 Things that Happen When You Stop Drinking Alcohol
Living a booze free life isn't for everyone, but it is a simple fact that those that do are more likely to reap a host of different health - related rewards for their commitment to sobriety.
A variety of things happen to your body over time when you give up drinking, with organised events like dry January and Sober October having a positive effects on your body. Charity Drinkaware has have compiled information on a range different changes you can expect to see in your body across both the long and short term, from superficial changes to appearance to staving off life threatening issues.
This may sound obvious. No drink, no hangover. But think about what a stinking hangover really feels like: relentless nausea, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, shakes and perhaps even vomiting. Now imagine not feeling any of these things. This is about as shirt term as it comes but its additionally a way to get a sense of near-instant gratification.
1. You'll stop getting hangovers
This might sound obvious. No drink, no hangover. But think about what a stinking hangover really feels like: relentless nausea, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, shakes and perhaps even vomiting. Now imagine not feeling any of these things. This is about as shirt term as it comes but its also a way to get a sense of near-instant gratification.
2. Your mental health will improve
Drinking heavily and regularly can have impacts on how your brain functions. The chemicals in your brain that are vital for good mental health are interfered with when you drink heavily. That first drink may additionally feel like a moment of respite and relief, but in the long run it is more likely to contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression: By cutting it out, your'e additionally more likely to decrease your stress levels too.
4. Better sleep, more energy
Cutting booze out completely is a surefire way to help regulate your sleeping pattern and bump up your energy levels. Drinking disrupts your sleep cycle: while a drink before bed can help you fall into a deep slumber, it's likely to lead you into increased rates of Rapid Eye Movement or 'REM' sleep. This kind of tossing and turning less restful and can leave you feeling tired the next day. If you cut down the booze you are also likely to cut down the REM, meaning more good hours in the bank, an easier wake up in the morning and a better feeling throughout the day.
4. Your skin will look better
Booze dehydrates your body every time you drink. It can give a 'dull' impression to your skin and eyes, likely making you look more tired than you already are. If you cut it down both your skin and eyes should brighten back up after nought time.
Original published: Mirror