3 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Drinking
Week by Week Breakdown of What Happens When You Stop Drinking Alcohol
Alcoholism is a disease that countless people around the world struggle with on a daily basis. The reason behind the development of this disease will change from person to person. Did you know that your body has an almost immediate response when you quit drinking alcohol? In fact, your body will begin to heal from the impact that alcohol has had on it. Approximately one hour after you take your last drink, your body will begin to work to filter the alcohol out of your bloodstream. The pancreas begins to work overtime to produce insulin which can result in a craving for carbohydrates.
Keep in mind that the first 72 hours after you take your last drink will likely be the most physically and psychologically taxing for you. During this period of time, you will experience the height of your withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal and detox is a period of time where your body will be working to try to reset itself both physically and psychologically which is why it’s possible that you will experience certain physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Examples of withdrawal symptoms that you
May experience can include:
It’s important to remember that you could experience an increase in the severity of your withdrawal symptoms at any time during the first three days of your sobriety. It’s strongly recommended that you never attempt to go through the detox process alone because you will likely not be able to care for yourself properly during this period of time.
During your second week of sobriety, you will begin to notice that your body is beginning to react more normally, specifically when it comes to hydration. Active and excessive drinking causes your body to become dehydrated. If you woke up the next morning and you were incredibly thirsty, your body was trying to tell you that it was dehydrated as a result of your drinking. As you transition into the second week of your sobriety, you will come to notice that your body will start to release a certain water weight and you will have an easier time remembering to do simple things like drink fluids on a regular basis. Also, if you were experiencing acid reflux, you will likely notice a decrease in these symptoms as the lining of your stomach will begin to heal itself from the damage of alcohol.
Alcohol can have a dramatic and dangerous impact on your blood pressure. It’s not uncommon for a person with alcoholism to suffer from high blood pressure which is something that can have deadly consequences. It will take about three weeks for your blood pressure to return back to normal levels. During that time, your kidney function will begin to improve and your chance of heart attack will substantially decrease. Have you noticed that you were struggling with blurry vision? If the answer is yes, then by the third week of sobriety you may begin to notice some vision clarity.
Once you have made it to a month of sobriety, you will likely have picked up on the fact that you’re feeling physically and psychologically better. During the last four weeks, your body has been working toward healing your liver which will experience roughly a 15% reduction in liver fat. You will also notice that the appearance of your skin will begin to improve. Instead of a worn-down complexion, you will probably see that your skin is beginning to display its natural glow again. While it’s true that you may struggle with certain aspects of your recovery journey, these physical improvements are enough to help you to keep moving in the right direction.
Benefits of Quitting Alcohol
The benefits of removing the influence of alcohol from your life are seemingly endless. While it may have been fun on a given night to go out and have a casual drink, once that casual drink turns into an addiction, your life is left spiraling out of control and it’s something that can no longer be categorized as fun. Here are just a couple of the leading reasons why it will help you to quit alcohol:
Since alcohol is a liquid, it’s easy to overlook the fact that it is filled with carbohydrates and calories that could cause your waistline to grow. It’s estimated that many drinks come with an added 100 to 200 calories per drink. When you’re drinking heavily, those additional calories will add up quickly. Once you remove alcohol from your life, one of the benefits that you may notice is that you may begin to lose weight because you’re no longer consuming these additional calories. Keep in mind that as you adjust to your sobriety, you will likely feel the benefit of renewed physical energy which can trigger you to become more physically active and lose more weight.
Improved sleeping habits
There are many people that have an addiction to alcohol who use this substance to put them to sleep. Sleep issues can manifest for many reasons including problems with insomnia, trauma, or anxiety. While it’s true that alcohol may make you feel tired over time, alcohol actually changes your body’s normal sleeping patterns which means that you aren’t getting the restful sleep that you need to recharge yourself after a long day. In fact, it’s possible that you may wake up in the middle of the night and find it impossible to get back to sleep. Also, it’s possible that you will wake up in the morning and feel as though you haven’t slept all night. When you stop drinking, you will notice an overall improvement in the quality of your sleep.
Improved immune system
Did you know that drinking alcohol can actually cause you to get more head colds? Head colds can cause you to feel out of sorts and could impact both your personal and professional life. Once you no longer drink, there will not be an added stress on your immune system which means that you may actually get sick less often.
How Alcohol Affects Your Body
Alcohol addiction can have a negative impact on almost every part of your body. However, it can have a more severe impact on specific organs of your body such as:
Developing cirrhosis of the liver is a serious concern among a person that is struggling with an addiction to alcohol. However, your liver is resilient which means that if you’re able to receive the addiction help that you need soon enough, your liver will begin to heal on its own. If your addiction is too severe, however, there is always the possibility that you could suffer severe impacts for the rest of your life.
Alcohol can cause severe stress on your heart due to the fact that your heart experiences more stress as it tries to work in connection with the rest of your body to filter and process alcohol in your system which can leave you with an increased possibility of heart disease.
Alcohol addiction puts you at an increased risk of cancer and mental illness which can have drastic impacts on your life.
Dangers of Detoxing from Alcohol at Home
One of the potentially fatal mistakes that many people make is that they think that it’s okay to detox from alcohol at home. Although it’s understandable that you will want to stay and be as comfortable as possible during this initial week of your sobriety, making the decision to detox at home could lead to serious physical and psychological consequences which is why it’s never advisable that you attempt to go through this process at home. Even if you are surrounded by friends or family members, these loved ones may not know how to properly care for you during this time which is why you should always come to the safe and protected environment that a detox program has to offer.
What is Alcohol Abuse
A person is suffering from alcohol abuse when they lose all control over their alcohol consumption. There is a misconception that alcohol abuse, or alcoholism, is something that a person can control. After all, why can’t they just put the bottle down and make the conscious decision to no longer drink? Unfortunately, alcohol addiction is not this simple. Instead, it is a deadly disease that can change a person to do or think things that they wouldn’t do if they were not under the influence of this substance.
The good news is that when you partner with a treatment team such as the people that you will find at Pacific Manor Recovery. We treat every person with the individualized attention that they need during the time that they are making these major changes in their life. When you’re ready to learn more about what you will experience during your time in treatment or the positive changes that removing alcohol from your life can have for you, please give us a call at (888) 300-4370.
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