Getting drunk is sometimes fun and all, however awakening achy, sick, and puffy is not a very healthy habit since it affects your body in a bad way.
Excessive alcohol intake is a poison that damages all body organs. On the other hand, enjoying a glass or two once in a while is completely reasonable and healthy.
Here are the body areas that are greatly affected by excessive alcohol consumption:
The liver begins to start a recovery process after the third week, however sometimes it depends on how much alcohol you consumed in the past.
- Central nervous system
Alcohol consumption affects brain matter since it can cause dementia-like symptoms memory loss, depression, blacking out, etc.
- Circulatory system
The cardiovascular system is also affected by alcohol. It can cause irregular heartbeat, stroke, high blood pressure, blood clots, heart attack, trouble pumping blood through the body, cardiomyopathy, other heart diseases, and breathing difficulty.
- Digestive system
Excessive alcohol can irritate the lining of the stomach, and create extra gastric acid making the stomach truly eating itself. This additionally increases the risk of chronic disease, ulcers, and gastritis.
The risk of inflaming the pancreas and causing pancreatitis increases with raised consumption of alcohol.
- Skeleton and muscles
Loss of nutrients leads to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, thus afterward increase the risk of bone fractures and weak muscles.
- Immune system
It weakens the natural defenses in the immune system and makes you prone to contagious illnesses, such as tuberculosis or pneumonia.
- Reproductive health
Excessive drinking may increase the risk of infertility, premature birth, stillbirth, miscarriage, or having a child with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
A recent study found that the normal pay worker who is not addicted to alcohol consumes around 9.5 liters of alcohol every year. This type of people drink more when they’re out with friends or after having a stressful day at work.
On the other hand, people who stay away from alcohol clearly experience numerous health benefits. In fact, a group of volunteers decided to give up on drinking for 28 days and documented the effects of their experiment. Their physical appearance changed tremendously.
Here’s what you should expect when you don’t drink alcohol for 28 days:
- Week 1: Increased appetite and sugar cravings
After quitting alcohol many people feel an intense increase in their appetite, especially late at night. Additionally, you may face sugar cravings, however, this will change after 1 month. Without sugary beverages, you may experience a drop in blood glucose levels and trigger headaches.
- Week 2: Better sleep and overall health
During the second week, your sleep gets improved and the dark circles around the eyes disappear. Additionally, you’ll notice improvements in your ability to taste and smell things. Further, the saliva production is reduced, thus lowering the risk of cavities.
- Week 3: Improvement of overall health
Your liver enters in a recovery process after the third week and starts working just in slow motion. Also, the urinary system can now function normally.
- Week 4: Lower risk of cardiovascular disease/High confidence and better mental state
During the last week, the normal individual will lose around 6-8 pounds. Therefore, their risk of cardiovascular disease is greatly reduced, and their high blood pressure is lowered. Moreover, people are becoming more intelligent, they can work much better and efficiently, and develop high confidence.
Here are the health advantages from quitting alcohol for a month, according to 2018 research by the Royal Free Hospital published in the British Medical Journal:
- Reduces the risk of a disease
- Decreases blood protein levels
- Prevents cancer
- Leads to weight loss
- Promotes sleep
- Saves a lot of money
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
It takes only 3 weeks to break a habit, so taking a month to see the changes will definitely assure you to nevermore go after alcohol.