You don’t have to have a problem with alcohol to be affected by it. Even moderate drinkers will find that, over time, alcohol can cause a number of different issues in their bodies and in their minds. So if you feel you’re drinking more than you should, or if you simply feel there is no longer a place for alcohol in your life, read on to understand some of the benefits of giving up drinking, and this might motivate you to take the next step.
You’ll Sleep Better Without It
It may help you calm down, but it won't help you get to sleep. Alcohol causes you to get less regenerative REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. That means you feel less rested when you wake up and are more likely to feel sleepy during the day. The good news is that your REM cycles will return to normal in about a week after you stop drinking, and you'll feel much more rested overall.
This really goes hand in hand with getting better sleep. If you sleep well, you'll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Even just one drink in the afternoon or evening can keep you from sleeping and make you feel tired and sluggish. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means you'll need to use the bathroom more, and that can be hydrating, plus, if you need to go in the middle of the night, you'll have disrupted sleep.
Remember that thirst is not the first sign that your body needs water. Most of the time, it's tiredness, headaches, lack of strength, and an inability to concentrate. Your body will do well if you drink enough water. Instead of wine or beer, reaching for a glass of water can help you stay hydrated and give you more energy.
Your Mental Health Will Improve
Since alcohol is a depressant, it can mess up the way your brain's chemicals work together. This kind of interference can change how you think, feel, and act. In the short term, it makes you feel better about yourself and dulls painful feelings. But when these effects wear off, bad feelings like depression and anxiety can quickly take over. This cycle can be bad for your mental health as a whole. So, when it's broken through giving up alcohol, a lot of people feel a lot better. Of course, it can be hard to do this because of the good feelings alcohol offers at first. The good news is you can feel great taking Delta 9 Gummies instead, and since these are not a depressant, the less pleasant effects shouldn’t be a problem.
Your Liver Will Be Healthier
The liver of a healthy person should have little or no fat, but alcohol fatty liver disease can be caused by drinking too much alcohol. This sounds really bad, but actually, after only one month of not drinking, your liver will start to heal, and the amount of fat in your liver will start to drop by 15 percent on average.
Why does alcohol make your liver fatty? When you drink too much alcohol, your liver can't metabolize it properly. This damages liver cells, which then start to build up as fat. This puts you at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Over time, drinking too much alcohol can cause alcoholic cirrhosis and liver cirrhosis, which is a condition that can kill you.
You’ll Lose Weight
There are 318 calories in two glasses of wine and 364 calories in two pints of beer. There's no getting around the fact that alcohol has a lot of calories. So cutting back on our favorite drink can help us lose weight a lot.
Your main goal in quitting alcohol might not be to lose weight, but it’s still a good thing to do in many cases; if you lose weight, you'll feel better, have more energy, and be less likely to get sick.
You’ll Have Clearer Skin
Because alcohol makes the body lose water, as we mentioned above, it can make the skin look dull and gray. When you drink less alcohol, your skin will start to look brighter and clearer in just a few days. You'll look and feel healthier, which can change a lot about how you act in the world – your confidence will grow, for example, and you'll seem generally happier and more positive.
Your Mood Swings Will Stop
Alcohol may temporarily make you feel better, but in the long run, it's a depressant that can make you more prone to depression and anxiety, and mood swings. Stopping drinking can help you feel better, but it may take a few months to feel the full effect.
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