You're not alone if you've turned to alcohol to deal with the stress of the "new normal" in 2021. According to JAMA Network Open, alcohol consumption has increased by 14% over the previous year, with women increasing by 17%. Although some research suggests that moderate alcohol consumption (no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women) has health benefits, overdoing it can wreck havoc on your body. The five things that happen to your body when you stop drinking alcohol are listed below.
1. You will sleep better if you stop drinking alcohol.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, while alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, it will not keep you asleep for long. The more you drink, the worse your z's become. Alcohol consumption of less than two servings per day for men and one serving per day for women reduced sleep quality by 9.3 percent.
More than two alcoholic beverages per day for men or one for women, on the other hand, reduced sleep quality by 39.2 percent. Many people use alcohol to help them fall asleep, but it does not help them stay asleep.
2. If you stop drinking alcohol, your heart will be healthier.
Moderate alcohol consumption may have some heart health benefits, but excessive alcohol consumption increases your risk of high blood pressure and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Quitting alcohol can improve your heart health in as little as a few weeks.
Alcohol withdrawal can improve blood pressure, lower dangerous blood fats called triglycerides, and lower the risk of congestive heart failure and/or abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias.
3. When you stop drinking alcohol, your liver gets a rest.
Your liver, as a detox organ, is in charge of breaking down alcohol so that it can be removed from your body. According to the American Liver Foundation, some of the byproducts of this process can cause inflammation and damage to liver cells. If you consume more alcohol than your liver can handle, the resulting imbalance can harm your liver by interfering with the normal breakdown of protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
4. When you stop drinking, your risk of developing certain cancers decreases.
Too much alcohol consumption raises the risk of many cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, this list includes cancers of the mouth, throat, liver, colon, breast, and others. In the United States, alcohol is responsible for approximately 6% of all cancers and 4% of all cancer deaths. And the more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to develop these cancers.
5. When you stop drinking alcohol, you may begin to look younger.
Dehydration caused by alcohol results in dry, dull skin tone. Wrinkles and enlarged pores become more visible when your skin is dehydrated.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, drinking eight or more alcoholic beverages per week may increase our chances of developing upper-face wrinkles, under-eye puffiness, marionette lines at the corners of our mouth, volume loss in our cheeks and mid-face, and more visible blood vessels.
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