Health Benefits of Quitting Drinking

Jan 25, 2021

Health benefits are one kind of reward of recovery, but not everyone knows how the body responds positively after you quit drinking and stay sober. The experience of withdrawal may be overshadowing any thoughts of how long-term sobriety can help. But there are several important benefits to be gained from an alcohol-free life. Today, let’s talk about the healthiest things that can come from effective treatment for an alcohol use disorder.

The health benefits of quitting alcohol include better brain function, healing of the liver, and improved weight control. Safe medical withdrawal and an effective alcohol treatment program can reveal the lasting advantages of sobriety, including better sleep, lower pressure, and a healthier heart. A holistic treatment facility offering a personalized plan for substance use and any co-occurring mental health disorder is a recommended option for starting recovery. 

10 Health Benefits of Abstinence from Alcohol

While quitting drinking creates many health benefits, not all of them appear immediately. Some take longer to experience than others. But, lasting sobriety will positively affect your body in numerous ways as your recovery continues.

Here are the top 10 benefits to giving up alcohol:

You’ll get better sleep

Alcohol alters your sleep cycles and makes it harder to fall asleep. Without it, you will begin to experience a more restful sleep with less risk of sleep apnea and snoring, too. Expect this benefit to become more noticeable over time.

You’ll lower your blood pressure

Alcohol raises blood pressure and can add to health risks associated with high BP, such a heart attack or stroke. Without it, you should notice lower readings in your blood pressure. If it remains high, you should consult your doctor.

You may have fewer sick days

Alcohol in large amounts over time weakens your immune system and makes it easier to get sick. Without it, your body can work better to remain healthy. That means less time spent missing work or other important commitments.

You’ll make your heart healthier

Alcohol affects the heart in several ways, including raising BP (as mentioned above) and fat levels. Without it, the risk of heart damage or heart failure goes down. This is another topic to discuss and track with your doctor.

You’ll help your liver heal

Alcohol in large quantities over time harms the liver through cirrhosis and other problems. Without it, the liver has an opportunity to heal itself through repair and regeneration. Like existing heart issues, liver damage requires treatment at a facility staffed by medical personnel 24/7.

You’ll control your weight better

Alcohol use every day can add pounds from drinking itself and food choices tied to drinking, such as eating fried foods. Without it, you can control what you consume and when you consume it. Improvements in weight control may be one of the first signs of your sobriety for other people, along with better-looking skin.

You’ll improve brain function

Alcohol use every day can make it harder to stay focused, think clearly, remember things, or process information. Without it, the brain regains an opportunity to function properly, affecting everything from speech to motor skills. Similar to other major organs, it may take more time to notice the health benefits of abstaining from alcohol for the brain.

You may improve your sex life

Alcohol use every day can affect a couple’s intimacy. Without it, the reproductive organs are more likely to function normally. The new attention to this part of a healthy, loving relationship can strengthen the connection between two people.

You’ll reduce your risk of accidents

Alcohol use is commonly connected to serious accidents and traumatic injuries. Without it, you’re more likely to avoid falls as well as traffic accidents caused by others or by your own impaired driving. These safer scenarios become possible more quickly with even short-term sobriety.

You may lower the risk of cancer

Alcohol use daily can increase the risk of certain types of cancers, including mouth, esophageal, and breast cancers. Without it, you may face less risk of developing those same types of cancer or other cancers. It’s not clear yet exactly what kind of impact quitting drinking will have on the overall potential for cancer risks in each person.

Origins Recovery Center is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 561-841-1019.

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