Removing alcohol from your diet can often seem like an impossible feat. With social events, celebrations and milestones usually structured around drinking, keeping consistent is a daily struggle. Although it’s difficult, the benefits really do outweigh the negatives. Once you stop drinking, even within the first few hours, your body begins to detoxify itself in a variety of ways.
There is still a fair amount of alcohol in your system an hour after your last drink, so in this stage, your body is working overtime to try to get it processed. Here your liver and pancreas kick into overdrive to get the alcohol out of the blood stream.
Your body begins the initial stages of detoxifying. Your blood sugar normalised and your body is starting the process of pushing out the remaining alcohol lingering in your system. In extreme cases, this detoxifying process can cause headaches, sweats and even tremors.
Your body’s sleeping patterns will start normalising. Regular alcohol not only increases the amount of sugar you have in your system before sleep but it also affects your body’s natural sleep hormone production altering the duration, quality and depth of your sleep. The amount of cortisol in your body (your natural stress hormone) decreases.
Your body has removed almost all traces of alcohol. At this point, your liver can actually start repairing itself from the damage done over 2 days ago. Along with this your circulation and mood can improve dramatically. You might also notice a difference in your skin, as the inflammation caused by drinking is severely diminished.
Almost every organ in your body is working more efficiently now than it was 1 week ago. Your sleeping patterns are completely regulated and you feel more alert in the morning. At this time your blood pressure will have dramatically decreased, along with the risk of developing a number of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes (drinking is the number 2 cause of cancer after smoking)
Because of the extremely damaging effects of alcohol on your stomach, after 2 weeks alcohol-free your stomach lining has already started repairing itself. Here you’ll probably also notice a small amount of weight loss. Alcohol is extremely high calorie, with approx 68 calories per 100 grams of wine. The less you drink, the more weight you could lose.
Your blood glucose levels drop by a quarter, along with a noticeable drop in your cholesterol levels. In addition to this your ability to concentrate, energy levels, immune system and cognition are all significantly improved. This extended period of drinking will not only help you lose weight but it decreases the amount of fluid you have on your body, so you feel and look slimmer!
Your risk of developing depression, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, mouth cancer and liver disease is halved. Your eyesight and memory recall is improved dramatically. If you’re spending approx $30 every 2 days on a bottle of wine, or a few drinks at happy hour, you’ve saved almost $3000.
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