By Jennifer McDougall
At least half of all significant trauma injuries and deaths from burns, drownings, and homicides are related to alcohol intoxication. It is also involved in four out of ten fatal falls, car crashes, and suicides. So even reducing your drinking by one-third will reduce the number of injuries and “sick” days.
First 48 hours: Depending on how much alcohol you have consumed, detox could be quite the hurdle. You will get through it, but your body is going to need some precious time to recover from the damage you’ve done. After drinking, the following day could be painful and discomforting as you process the toxins throughout your body. You can take supplements and do many things to help heal your body through the detox period, making it less painful. In some cases, it is recommended that you seek immediate medical attention, depending on your withdrawal symptoms.
1 Week: After one week of not consuming alcohol, you should start to notice yourself experiencing improved sleep patterns. Wake up feeling refreshed and motivated to take on the day. You should also begin to see your skin looking much healthier. This is because your body has restored proper hydration and is now retaining more nutrients as you have let go of consuming harmful chemicals in alcohol.
1 Month: After one month of not drinking alcohol, you should begin to notice less belly fat and increased energy levels. By now, your liver should be improving. The ability to filter out all the harmful toxins will have accelerated to a stable and healthy rate.
1 Year: After one year of not consuming alcohol, you should notice dramatic changes in your overall physical appearance regarding your skin tone, complexion, body fat, and bright eyes. There are so many life changes you will notice after one year of no alcohol as well such as healthier coping mechanisms, stable relationships, better follow through on goals and responsibilities, increase in financial stability, a much lower risk of mouth, liver, breast, stomach, and heart disease. The list goes on, and we would love to hear from you how your life has changed since completely letting go of alcohol. Leave your comments below, or feel free to connect with us through social media.
Things to Look Forward to When You Quit Drinking Alcohol:
When you quit drinking, it is as if you have stepped into a brand new universe — free from destructive decision making, and improved appearance, stable relationships, and new opportunities in your personal and professional life present themselves as you have opened up this space for healthier living. Stepping away from the bottle can lead to many wonderful new experiences, and you will be able to embrace them with absolute authority and confidence.
Wouldn’t you like to incorporate this transformation into your life? Here is a list of what to expect to improve when you break free from alcohol dependency.
- Better job performance and more doors open for better career opportunities
- Increased energy and stamina
- Better quality of sleep
- Obvious weight loss
- A decrease in liver fat
- Better chance of getting pregnant
- Reverse adverse effects on the brain such as learning abilities, memory problems-solving problem-solving.
- Healthier organs and immune system
- A decrease in risk for disease
- Overall healthier appearance
- Less reckless behavior and poor judgment
- Improved relationships
- No more hangovers
- Less regret
- Better decision making
- Improved confidence
- Others will be able to rely on you more
- Ability to fully experience your life without feeling numb
- Gain more respect from others
- Attentiveness when interacting with people
- Skin will be more supple and hydrated
- A higher vibration of consciousness
- Create a meaningful lifestyle you can be proud of
- Significant improvements in your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing
Significant Health Improvements
You could believe that drinking a glass of red wine or other alcoholic beverages daily is healthy for your heart. However, this may not be true, or it may be true exclusively for light sippers (less than one drink a day). If you use more than that, cutting back or stopping could decrease your blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and risk of heart failure.
Your Liver Could Heal
Your liver filters toxins. In addition, alcohol is damaging to your cells. Heavy drinking (at least 15 drinks per week for males and eight or more for women) can harm the liver and lead to fatty liver, cirrhosis, and other complications. The good news is that your liver can mend and even renew itself. As a result, drinking less or stopping is always a good idea.
Drop the Alcohol: Drop the Pounds
A glass of standard beer contains around 150 calories, whereas a serving of wine contains approximately 120 calories. In addition to those largely empty calories, drinking increases your appetite. It also makes you more impulsive, making it harder to resist the greasy fries and other junk food menu temptations. As a result, if you abstain from alcohol, the number on your scale may begin to fall.
Your Relationships Are Likely to Improve
In moderation, drinking alcohol socially may seem to improve your mood and make you think you’re bonding better with people. However, alcohol plays tricks on our minds. It corrupts our ability to be our authentic self make admirable impressions on others, and when used frequently, it often becomes a dangerous addiction. Giving up alcohol may allow you to focus on your relationships, career, and general wellbeing. It may also help to alleviate depression and anxiety, as well as boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Lower Your Risk of Cancer
It’s undeniable that alcohol, particularly heavy drinking, increases your risk of developing cancers in your esophagus (food pipe), mouth, throat, lungs, and breast. However, quitting alcohol can lessen your chances of getting cancer by a significant rate. Because of the many health dangers related to alcohol consumption, it may be no surprise that dropping the bottle can help you live a much longer and healthier life.
Why Do People Use and Abuse Alcohol:
Unlike other rehab centers, we don’t believe addiction is a disease. Our research shows that people become dependent on drugs and alcohol because of one of these four causes:
- A chemical imbalance
- Events of the past you have not reconciled
- Current conditions you can’t cope with
- Things you believe that aren’t true
How Passages Addiction Treatment Centers Can Help You Sober Up and Start to Live a Healthy Life:
At Passages, our mission is to help you break free from addiction entirely. For the last 20 years, we have been helping thousands of people from all over the world end their battle with drug and alcohol dependency, and we want to help you too. So when you check into one of our treatment centers, you will be assigned a team of therapists to guide you through the recovery process.
We will provide you with a comprehensive schedule that will keep you occupied and focused on healing the underlying conditions causing you to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. You are welcome to stay at one of our inpatient treatment centers anywhere from 30–90 days. One thing to note is that we do accept most private insurance, but not Medicare or Medicaid.
Passages is proud to offer you the best treatment available and watch as you transform into the incredible person you have always wanted to be. The world is so full of opportunities for you to grow and expand, not feel lost or hopeless. There is so much life out there waiting to be lived; we hope that you join us at Passages and begin your journey to becoming the best possible version of yourself.
Reach Out to Passages for Help Today
Passages Malibu is an alternative to traditional rehab that provides a holistic, client-centered approach to addiction treatment. Find lasting healing through our model of care and experiential therapies. You will uncover the root causes of your addiction, and we will provide you with tools for lifelong sobriety and change. We can help you turn your life around and find hope again. Call 888–438–0596 today for more information.