Giving up alcohol is tough, but it is always worth the effort. The decision to quit drinking is surely an uphill task for people who have become dependent on alcohol. In fact, a study by the Edge Hill University, London, published in the journal Psychopharmacology in March 2016, found that even the smell of alcohol makes it difficult for people to refrain from drinking.
At times, the level of dependency on alcohol increases to such an extent that an individual finds it difficult to move away from the lure. However, avoiding it altogether is the best solution to stay away from the severe health effects of alcoholism. The journey might be extensively tough, but sobriety can make life more meaningful and happy.
Given below are five good things that happen when an individual quits alcohol to embrace a sober life:
1. Life becomes manageable: Life becomes more structured and manageable when one becomes sober. During the drinking days, life is generally a mess and people become comfortable with such a life. An individual usually believes that during the bad days it is only alcohol that can ease the miseries. However, after getting rid of alcohol, one starts to understand that there are various healthy ways to handle stress. In fact, drinking triggers most of the problems and abstaining from it can fix many such glitches.
2. Overeating is controlled: According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013, alcohol may significantly affect dietary intake. Another study published in the journal Obesity said that drinking prior to a meal increases the quantity of the food consumed. Even mild intoxication can lure a person to eat more. Not taking alcohol means an individual can regulate his/her diet and eat consciously in regular quantities.
3. Person no longer remains nocturnal: Quitting alcohol will give a sound sleep at night. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol consumption can aggravate sleep disorders by disrupting the normal sequence and duration of sleep by heavily altering the total sleep time and the time required to fall asleep. The NIAAA states that if alcohol is consumed at bedtime, it might initially show a stimulating effect. However, it greatly disrupts the second half of the sleep period. So, if one stops drinking, he/she will not have any sleep disruptions.
4. Suffering from tedious hangovers gets over: Hangovers are dreadful and one will rejoice not having it after drinking is under control. Headaches, nausea, vomiting tendencies and dehydration that accompany hangovers will be a passé once the person stops drinking.
5. Social life is possible without alcohol: It is true that there are many who grow up in a culture where alcohol is the norm at parties or at any event. But there are many others who abstain from drinking or have not drank at all. It might seem awkward at first, but a non-alcoholic drink, or mocktail can also offer the same fun and enjoyment. The difference is that the next day one can remember whatever happened the previous day and smile about it.