Being a human being is weird. We all experience the same emotions, but for some reason, some people are better at dealing with them than others. Some people power through sadness and stress like it’s their life fuel, while others turn to substances to make them feel better.
Yes, I’m talking about alcohol. That inescapable substance that even though we know is super bad for us, it’s everywhere. It’s a social staple, which makes it even harder to quit cold turkey.
Some people are more at risk than others to the dangers of alcoholism, like people who already have family members who drink a lot. Others might think it’s normal to drink often because their peers do it too. Others live in a culture where drinking is so normalized that the line between healthy drinking and alcoholism is blurry.
Whatever your situation, if you’re reading this it means you want to make some lifestyle changes by halting your alcohol intake. You’re here because you want to hear it from people who already quit. You want to hear about what happens to your mental health, body and overall quality of life when you quit drinking alcohol (both good and bad). So, here’s a handy list that includes 20 things that people realized happened to them once they quit drinking:
1. You sleep better. After a few weeks of quitting alcohol completely, your sleep cycle becomes more stable. As a result, you’ll feel more rested and refreshed after a full night of sleep.
2. You eat less. A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition revealed that alcohol makes people eat excessively. This is because alcohol enhances your senses, making everything taste and smell really good!
3. You might have more sugar cravings. Alcohol boosts dopamine, a pleasurable chemical released during reward-motivated activities. Once you give up drinking, your body might gravitate towards consuming more sugar, which has the same effect.
4. You lose weight. One can of beer can has up to 160 calories, and cocktails like margaritas and pina coladas can have between 300-450 calories each. Once you cut off those dead calories, you’ll see an immediate drop in your weight.
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