Benefits of Cutting Back

When you quit drinking, or even cut back on drinking, you'll experience real effects on your body and mind.

Before we get into the benefits, it's important to note that benefits vary based on how much of a change you make. It has to do with, for example, someone who drinks 20 alcoholic beverages a week and cuts down to 5 may notice pronounced changes in the physical body. Someone who consumes 5 drinks a week and cuts down to 3 will experience less of a change, though they may still find benefits.

Some of these effects may be noticed shortly after giving up alcohol or cutting back, whereas others may take longer to experience.

At the end of the day, though, it is clear that no matter how much someone drinks now, if they cut back on or give up alcohol, there will be benefits.

First, let's get into some of the physical effects.

  • Better sleep and increased energy: You'll find it easier to fall asleep, and your sleep quality will improve.
  • Weight loss: Believe it or not, alcohol is usually paired with a ton of sugar and calories. Cut it down, and you'll notice a slimmer waistline.
  • Decreased risk of health problems including cancer and heart disease: Your blood pressure and cholesterol levels will both begin to improve. When you cut down, your body thanks you for it long-term!
  • Improved liver function: Alcohol takes a massive toll on the liver, but when you cut back, the damage starts to reverse.
  • Improved appearance: Say goodbye to puffy skin and dull strands of hair.

Next, let's talk about the mental effects.

  • Reduced depression and anxiety: Though some drink to relieve stress in life, drinking alcohol actually increases likelihood of depression and anxiety.
  • Improved memory and concentration: Alcohol takes a toll on the brain and cognition, but, good news. This is reversible.
  • More feelings of positivity: When you cut back on alcohol, you won't experience the low mood, anxiety, and tiredness from before, so you'll be able to focus on what brings you joy.

Some other benefits include stronger relationships with people you care about, no hangovers, and saving money.

Keep in mind that the pace and types of benefits may vary from person to person, but the bottom line is the same: When you make a change, you're going to experience some benefits.

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