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What happens to your body after you stop drinking for 30 days? All of the amazing benefits of taking a break from alcohol

Jan 03, 2022

There are so many benefits of not drinking alcohol for 30 days, some of these include;

  • Deeper and restorative sleep thus improving mental clarity, energy and focus
  • Weight loss and improved fitness levels
  • Better looking skin
  • Improved mood and mental well-being
  • Plus much more!

30-Day No Alcohol Timeline

1 - 12 Hours

One hour after your last drink, your liver has to work extra hard to clear the alcohol from your system. Most of the alcohol in your body is broken down in your liver by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which converts the alcohol into a highly toxic compound called acetaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Although acetaldehyde is short-lived in your body as it converts into acetate, it has the potential to cause serious damage. Extra insulin is produced from your pancreas which in turn causes those carb cravings!

12 - 24 Hours

Depending on how many drinks you had and how much carbs you consumed, your blood sugar may start to normalise. If you have a drinking problem then you may experience withdrawal symptom. Alcohol cravings, reduced energy and feeling low are common. Sleep is likely to be disturbed. 

48 - 72 Hours

You may still feel foggy, tired and irritable but this all depends on how much alcohol had to be processed by your body. If you had a drinking problem then sweating, tremors, increased pulse, anxiety and confusion may continue or start at this point. Heavy drinkers should only stop drinking with medical supervision. 

One week alcohol-free

Better sleep and more productivity 

You may notice that you're sleeping much better and finding yourself in a much deeper and restorative sleep. When you drink alcohol you tend to miss out on the important rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycles. During the night you are suppose to have between six and seven cycles of REM sleep, however you may only have one or two if you have had a drink. 

Deeper and restorative sleep comes with many benefits. You will be more productive and find yourself with more creativity. You will also improve your learning and become better at problem solving. 

You will find your eating pattern improving as sleep helps to balance the hormones that make you feel hungry or full. 

Better hydrated and more energy

Alcohol is a diuretic thus after consumption causes you to lose around four times as much fluids as what you actually drank. Not drinking alcohol means that your body will be well hydrated. Your ability to control emotions and behavior will improve, along with more concentration and better mood stability. Instead of suffering from the effects of dehydration, headaches,  tiredness and fatigue, you will have more energy and motivation throughout the day. 

Money and calories saved

  • If you are a beer drinker then you can expect to save around £18 in week one.  You will also save 1080 calories (based on drinking 6 pints of lager)
  • Wine lovers can expect to save around £22. You will also save 960 calories (based on 6 x 175ml glasses) 

 

Two weeks alcohol-free

  • Continued sleep, hydration and productivity improvements
  • No more acid reflux as stomach acid production stabilizes
  • Stomach lining normalised

Some weight loss

Two weeks alcohol-free, you will continue to experience better sleep, hydration and productivity. 

Alcohol irritates your digestive system, even a little makes your stomach produce more acid than usual. After two weeks being alcohol-free, you will see a reduction in acid reflux.

The calories in alcohol are 'empty' calories meaning that they contain no nutritional value. As a result of not drinking alcohols empty calories, you are likely to start losing some weight.  

Money and calories saved

  • Beer drinkers are expected to save around £36 in larger and 2160 calories
  • Wine drinkers are expected to save around £45 in wine and 1920 calories

Three weeks alcohol-free

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of stroke and heart problems
  • Better kidney health
  • Improved vision

Reduced Blood Pressure

Regular drinking causes your blood pressure to rise over time. Now that your are alcohol-free for three weeks your blood pressure will start to reduce. This is a huge health benefit of not drinking as it reduces the risk of health issues in the future. 

Money and calories saved

  • Beer drinkers that were drinking 6 lagers a week are expected to save £54 and 3240 calories
  • £67 if you drink 6 glasses of wine a week over three weeks and 2880 calories saved. 

  

Four weeks alcohol-free

  • Liver function recovered
  • Reduced liver fat
  • Better looking skin
  • More likely to continue with your challenge and alcohol free journey 

Better Looking Skin

By now you will have much better levels of hydration and this can have a positive impact on your skin. Alcohol dehydrates your skin and can cause a reddish complexion across your nose and cheeks. As more water will have been absorbed, you are likely to have more hydrated and better looking skin, as well as reduced dandruff and eczema. Premature ageing of the skin may also be prevented along with increased cell turnover. 

Improved Liver Function

Going alcohol-free for 4 weeks helps to improve your liver function as your liver will start to reduce excess fat. The liver is vital organ with over 500 functions and by now you have allowed it to recover from the toxic affects of alcohol. Your body will be grateful as you have given it better chance of removing contaminants, converting food nutrients and storing vitamins and minerals 

Money and calories saved

  • Over £70 if you're a beer drinker and 4320 calories saved if you used to drink 6 pints of lager a week.
  •  Just under £90 saved if you used to drink 6 glasses of 175ml wine a week and 3840 calories saved.

30-Days Alcohol-Free

Your glucose stabilises, decreasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes along with reduced levels of cholesterol which is a risk factor in heart and circulatory diseases. 

After 30 days of being alcohol-free, you have helped the systems within your body to recover and normalise. You will reap all the benefits of being alcohol-free as well as looking and feeling amazing!

Taking a break from alcohol will transform your life

  • Better sleep so you wake up with energy, zest and vitality 
  • More focus, mental clarity and productivity 
  • Weight loss and improved fitness levels
  • Improved mood and mental well-being
  • Reduced stress levels 
  • Healthier looking skin
  • Better relationships with partners, family and friends
  • More time and more money

 

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