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What Really Happens When You Quit Drinking Alcohol?

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 17, 2017 / by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina

Whether you’re quitting for a little while or you think that you may have a dependency or substance use disorder, renouncing alcohol from your day-to-day life can be hard. The benefits of abstaining from alcohol will outweigh the difficulties, but what really happens when you stop drinking alcohol?

Expect better sleep.

We know that alcohol can cause problems with your nighttime routine by interfering with brain wave patterns, specifically those that encourage sleep. It’s no wonder many people who drink alcohol often feel overly-tired. Quitting alcohol means you can expect to have more energy during the day and find it easier to go to sleep at night.

Happiness: what really happens when you quite alcohol

You’ll be happier.

Alcohol affects brain chemistry, interfering with neurotransmitters in your brain and increasing the risk of mental health issues. Quitting alcohol can help balance your brain chemistry while increasing your self-confidence, and quality of life. 

You’ll be healthier

The effects of alcohol on the body are widespread. They can include a weakened immune system, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney failure, and more. Quitting alcohol can help you live a healthier life by eliminating additional stress on placed on your body by drinking. In the words of those who have quit you could see a dramatic improvement in physical health.

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Your finances could improve dramatically

Social drinking is common, and one of the hardest hurdles to overcome during recovery. Saying no takes time and practice. But once you’ve mastered the art of declining social drinks you’ll probably find yourself saving a lot of money – money that could be used on new hobbies or spending time with family and friends.

You’ll have a better future

Quitting alcohol will free up your time, giving you the chance to explore new hobbies and rediscover your interests. Alongside general improved health you’ll be more alert, and have more time for the things in life that matter to you.

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Topics: Addiction, Alcohol, Sober Living

Russ Kallina

Written by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina is Aquila Recovery of Virginia's Program Director of Operations.

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