What Really Happens To Your Body When You Stop Drinking Alcohol?
There are plenty of reasons to quit drinking alcohol. Perhaps you can’t party as hard as you once did, maybe you’ve developed a beer belly, or maybe your drinking is starting to get out of hand. “Hey look, if I was drunk, would I be able to do this?” Whatever your circumstances are, you’re here, and you’re ready to kick the sauce. Let’s break down what happens to your body once you quit drinking. Withdrawal The withdrawal process varies depending on how much of a drinker you were before you stopped. Your body and brain have to adjust to you no longer putting a powerful substance in it anymore. Your brain altered its chemical balances in order to work with a regular intake of alcohol. Now it needs to readjust for life without it, and you may feel all kinds of changes, such as an increase in body temperature, a rise in blood pressure, sweating, tremors, and insomnia—all happening as the body settles into a new norm. If you’re a heavy drinker, the detox process is much more serious on the biological level.
It could be fatal if not treated correctly, so when you’re ready to stop drinking, seek professional medical help. You’ll Sleep Better You may have thought you slept well when you were drinking, but that’s not quality sleep—it’s more “passing out.” Ending your intake of alcohol restores the brain’s healthy, normal alpha wave patterns. Alcohol interrupts those patterns and makes the brain tell the body it’s awake, which makes for less restful, restorative sleep. Without alcohol, your brain knows it’s asleep, and stays asleep. With better sleep, your concentration, mood, and mental acuity will improve, and you’ll feel like a million bucks again. Weight Loss If you stop drinking and change nothing else about your diet or level of activity, you’re likely to lose weight. It’s partially the simple concept of calorie counting—alcohol, especially beer, contains a lot of calories.
“Ah thank you. God I love you.” A single IPA may have as many as 200 calories, while a margarita could have 300. If you reduce your caloric intake by hundreds of calories a day, the pounds will drop off over time. “Aahh!” Aaah! Aahh! Oh! I’m thin!” Plus, you’ll overeat less. Being intoxicated sends the hypothalamus in the brain into higher gear, which makes the body more sensitive to food smells.
That, combined with alcohol’s famous ability to remove inhibitions, leads to extra eating. Better Skin Alcohol is a diuretic, forcing water out of the body and decreasing the production of a hormone that helps the body absorb and hold water. This is why you need water during a hangover. Over time, less water in the body leads to noticeable effects, such as parched and dry-looking skin, rosy red cheeks, dandruff, and eczema. After kicking the sauce, you should see a vast improvement in the quality of your skin. Normal Blood Sugar Alcohol is like a blood sugar randomizer: while small amounts of alcohol can raise your blood sugar level, excess amounts can lower it, leading to hypoglycemia or even type II diabetes.
Luckily, blood sugar levels often normalize when alcohol is no longer a factor, so no more need to pound all that candy. Lower Cancer Risk The National Cancer Institute has linked heavy drinking with an increased risk of several cancers, among them: mouth, liver, breast, colon, and rectal cancer. Without alcohol in the body, that’s one less carcinogen to worry about, which is a pretty good reason to celebrate. (Hold On by Wilson Phillips playing) Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more videos like the one you just saw. And leave us a comment to tell us about your experiences with giving up alcohol….
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