When You Stop Drinking Alcohol

Stop Drinking Alcohol 7 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stop Drinking Alcohol.Since childhood, we’ve been repeatedly warned of the cringe-worthy effects that too much alcohol can have on our bodies. (And since uni, most of us have become all too familiar with them firsthand.) There’s no denying that alcohol plays a major role in the life of most British adults. In fact, registered dietitian Jenny Champion says that more than half of us report drinking alcohol on a monthly basis. “Occasional drinking has been said to improve health,” she says. “But frequent binging at happy hour with [colleagues] doesn’t.”

Not to freak you out, but according to biochemist Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the Zone diet, alcohol’s negative impact on the body can include everything from inflammatory effects on your organs to potential damage to your DNA. Drinking in excess can also put you at risk for certain cancers, diabetes, and liver disease, among other grim conditions. “Aside from the serious dangers of drinking too much, there are also a number of other not-so-pleasant effects,” adds Champion, “including lousy moods, crazy sugar cravings, excess calories, liver fat, poor sleep habits, dry skin, and foggy concentration.”

We know—rubbish. But here’s a giant ray of hope: Our bodies can actually bounce back from alcohol’s negative effects at amazing speeds. As in a matter of hours. And the longer you go without drinking, the stronger and healthier your body and skin become.

Want to know exactly how long it takes for these benefits to kick in? With the help of Champion, we put together the following timeline of your body after that last glass of rosé.

To see the incredible things your body can do in the days, weeks, and months after you stop drinking, read on!


In this stage after stop drinking Alcohol

This is when your body kicks into full-blown detox mode to clear the alcohol from your bloodstream and prevent alcohol poisoning, says Champion. An hour after your last drink, your liver starts working overtime. Your pancreas also starts producing extra insulin, which causes intense carb cravings.

Your blood sugar finally normalizes. “However, if you went wild in the candy aisle during your 2 a.m. junk-food run, you may have kicked off a glycemic roller coaster that could last days,” says Champion. Make sure to nip this in the bud by trading sugar and unhealthy fats for fruits and veggies on a hangover day. “Also, because of the diuretic effect booze has on our bodies, you’re going to be dehydrated,” says Champion. So make sure to reach for a water bottle stat. A cute water bottle, like this wood one by S’well (£25), always makes the hydration process easier.

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