What happens to your body when you quit drinking – from benefits to weight loss
There's a lot which can happen to your body when you quit alcohol.
If you're doing Sober October, you might have already realised some major health benefits. At first you will have experienced withdrawal symptoms with other feelings kicking in after.
Depending on how much you drank before, you might be sleeping better, making better decisions and even feeling the creative juices flowing more freely.
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On top of all the physical benefits, your bank account could be looking healthier too. While all those benefits happen in the first month, what's the case if you quit drinking for a year?
According to Drink Surely, you'd have more energy and an improved mood. This is down to the dopamine levels which return to normal after kicking the booze.
It means you'll get more joy out of life instead of relying on a tipple to provide it. Unless you've replaced it with more food, then you will have noticed some weight loss too.
Many alcoholic drinks have a quite significant amount of calories which can cause weight gain if the habit is excessive. Also your risk of heart, liver and kidney disease will have dropped dramatically.
Even better, your immune system might have recovered so when you do get laid low by illness your body will be better at fighting it off.
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From month three onwards, your risk of developing liver, stomach, breast, oral, ovarian, larynx, pharynx, esophagus and colorectal cancer starts to reduce. And it continues so you'll be in even better shape after a year.
In addition to all of those health benefits your skin will also become healthier, meaning you and those closest to you will be able to see the difference.
And if you've had symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, then after a year they will pretty much be gone. However, this doesn't mean that for those with an alcohol addiction the cravings will disappear.
The physical effects of alcohol will all essentially be gone after a year but the cravings to knock back a drink for those with an addiction to alcohol could still remain.
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