If you enjoy drinking alcohol then to quit drinking may seem like a daunting task. However, quitting drinking has many benefits—and all of them are hangover-free!
Whether you are a problem drinker or someone who has the ability to drink responsibly, saying no to alcohol will lead to marked improvement in three important aspects of your life: physical, emotional and psychological health, as well as personal and professional relationships.
Quitting Drinking= Improved Physical Health
The effects of alcohol, particularly in large quantities, is not good for your body. When you drink, you tax your liver, raise your blood sugar levels and dehydrate your body. While these side effects do indeed go away once the alcohol has cleared your system, over a long period a habitual drinking habit can lead to the development of the following health conditions:
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
These are just a few of the most serious health issues associated with problem drinking. If you want to avoid these conditions and live a physically healthy life —a life that allows you to feel good in your body—then giving up alcohol will set you on the right path to achieving this goal.
Quitting Drinking = Improved Psychological/Emotional Health
Alcohol is harmful to more than just your physical body—if consumed in large quantities; it can wreak havoc on your psychological and emotional state of being. Have you ever been to a party where the host was so drunk she started crying in front of everyone on the living room floor? Have you ever seen a violent bar fight? These situations are examples of alcohol taking over a drinker’s psyche.
Drinking has many negative psycho-emotional side effects. Alcohol impairs your sense of balance and memory. It lowers your inhibitions and numbs your emotions. For some people, it leads to poor decision-making and risk taking, for others aggression and rage and for a certain group of drinkers—problem drinkers—it can lead to alcohol psychosis.
Alcohol psychosis occurs when a drinker loses touch with reality. It is not the same as merely being drunk—alcohol psychosis causes the drinker to feel anxious and threatened. The drinker sometimes hallucinates and can even endure a full psychotic breakdown. Most people who drink do not experience alcohol psychosis, but anyone who suffers from mental health issues or other emotional disturbances runs the risk of a psychotic episode when they drink. Thus, keeping away from alcohol is a good strategy to stay mentally and emotionally healthy.
If you slow down the pace at which you drink, then you will find it much easier to drink less over the course of a night. Try having a non-alcoholic alternative – a glass of water, some juice, a soda, or even a cup of coffee – between each alcoholic drink to make it easier to control your intake.
As well as helping you to cut down on your drinking, choosing non-alcoholic options has the added benefit of rehydrating your body, which can lessen the effects of any unpleasant hangovers the next morning.
How to Stop Drinking Tip: Get Support from Friends and Family
If possible, let the people close to you know about your attempts to stop your drinking. Then, if you are feeling the urge to drink too much and give up on your new lifestyle, you can get the support you need from them to overcome the feeling. If possible, talk to your doctor about your plans as well, as he or she can advise you on the best way to deal with any alcohol cravings that you may experience.
Learning how to control your drinking can be hard work, but it’s always worth it in the end. Try following the advice above, and you will see that taking small steps can have a huge effect on the amount of alcohol that you’re consuming.
You can also learn how to control your drinking in the privacy of your own home without going to AA or expensive counselling – look at the Give Up Alcohol Course to find out more.