How to Quit Alcohol for Good

Alcohol can be used in many situations. Some use it as a coping mechanism, others to have a good time when socializing with friends. But do you know the effects alcohol is having on your body and do you rely on it a little too often? If you believe that you are too reliant on alcohol and want to quit, follow these steps. It may not be an easy process but in the long run it is worth it.

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The Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol affects your body and your mind. It can affect everything from not being able to lose weight to anxiety and depression. Alcohol hinders weight loss due to the extra calories in the drink and as you consume alcohol, your body breaks this down first meaning any sugar or fats in your system take longer to digest and metabolize. Losing weight can have positive effects on mind and body, therefore if you are trying to lose weight you should quit drinking. Alcohol massively effects the liver and continued usage can cause liver damage. Drinking excessively can affect your sleep which in turn will affect your cognitive function and your depression levels.

What Happens When We Quit?

If you only have the occasional glass of wine after a meal, you may crave it but symptoms won’t be that bad. If you are drinking excessively and every day, the effects of stopping this can be hard to deal with. You need help if this is the case, alcohol withdrawal if not treated correctly could be life-threatening. Beachway therapy center can help you overcome these first steps; check out their quit drinking guide.  A few of the side effects of alcohol withdrawal include rapid heart rate, seizures or tremors, fatigue and irritability and mood swings. It may seem like the worst thing in the world but the effects of continued alcohol usage can be much worse.

Get Help

You cannot do this alone and you can only do it for you. Family and friends may be asking you to quit, but until you choose to do so yourself, you will find it hard to really commit to quitting. There are many rehab centers out there as well as healthcare professionals who you can talk to and who can support you. You may find going to an Alcoholics Anonymous group helpful, you may not. We are all different and overcome things in different ways. After you begin to overcome the negative effects of alcohol withdrawal you will begin to feel the positive effects of living an alcohol-free life. These include improved liver health, better mental health, lessened risk of cancer or any other chronic illnesses and a higher metabolism and reduced body fat. It is worth quitting and although you should do it for you, your family and friends will want you to be happy and healthy too.

Whether you just want to quit having the occasional glass or you are struggling with alcohol addiction, your body will thank you for quitting and with help you can do it.