The Physical and Mental Benefits of Quitting Alcohol

Severe alcohol withdrawal can lead to fatal grand mal seizures, strokes, and cardiac arrest. In this episode, we delve into the gradual transformation of society’s relationship with alcohol, dissecting the negative repercussions on both mind and body. We explore the need for heightened awareness around alcohol, challenging the traditional narrative and embracing a healthier relationship with it. Ruari guides us through compelling discussions on stress, trauma, ADHD, emotional sobriety, and the pivotal role of community in the transformative journey. Millennials are increasingly reevaluating their relationship with alcohol.

They have all these substitutes that replicate, and there are substitutes. You can make a fake negroni, you can make a fake gin and tonic, and they have that complexity. There’s really, you can find fake Negroni’s that are bottled that are absolutely fantastic. People are just, I think, some people are wondering what they’re paying for if they’re not paying for the alcoholic component.

Reduced Heart Disease Risk

There are several ways alcohol can affect your physical fitness. Many alcoholic drinks are high in ‘empty calories’, which can quickly lead to weight gain. Plus, alcohol impairs your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients from foods. Lastly, unhealthy alcohol use often goes hand in hand with unhealthy eating, loss of appetite, or disrupted mealtimes. When I was drinking, greasy hangover food was a staple. Cutting out alcohol improved my physical fitness, and my diet.

So it will have that complexity and that mouthfeel and the botanicals, but they stop the process before the alcohol actually comes into play. And then low is things that do have alcohol, like Campari is an example, or vermouth. Or, changed the ways in which people socialize with and without alcohol.

What to know before you quit drinking.

“These improvements can be observed not only in people who abstain from alcohol but in people who reduce heavy drinking,” Volpicelli says. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.2 million U.S. adults had both mental health disorders and a substance use disorder in 2018, yet nearly 60% did not get treatment. Many people with alcohol use disorder also have other mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Alcohol makes it harder for your body’s immune system to make enough white blood cells to fight off germs and bacteria.

If you plan to drive, it is better not to drink alcohol at all. The risk of injury and disease increases the more you drink. As we welcome the New Year and the possibilities it presents, I offer this conversation as an encouragement to consider the many ways in which alcohol continues to interfere with your health, hopes, and dreams. Ruari’s message provides a welcome mat for millions dealing with alcohol-related concerns. One Year No Beer is on a mission to create better lives by capturing and redressing these issues. Ruari’s work is not just commendable—it’s beautiful.

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