What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Drinking Alcohol?

By: Rima Chowdhury

Since childhood, we have always heard about the disadvantages of drinking alcohol and we have been warned numerous times to stay away from this toxic liquid. However, in spite of several warnings, there is no denying the fact that alcohol plays a major role in the life of most of the individuals throughout the world.

Occasional drinking is said to benefit the health; but drinking on a regular basis will surely affect you in several ways. If you have never thought about quitting alcohol, you should be prepared for the disadvantages and health risks associated after drinking alcohol.

What happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol? Well, to know more, continue reading.


1. After One Hour

One hour after you quit, your body kicks into a full-blown detox mode. It helps to clear out the alcohol from the body and from your bloodstream. After you have stopped drinking alcohol, your liver starts working overtime. Insulin is produced by the pancreas, which causes an intense craving for carbs and hence, you feel hungry just after one hour of drinking.


2. After 12-24 Hours

12-24 hours after you have stopped drinking alcohol, your blood sugar finally normalizes. Make sure to satisfy yourself by gorging more on fruits and veggies rather than artificially sugar-rich desserts. Generally, you will feel like eating something sweet, so have some bananas or a smoothie, so that it curbs the hangover and also helps maintain the level of sugar in the body.


3. After 48 Hours

Depending on how much you drank, tiredness, grogginess and headaches may still be lingering. 48 hours after you quit alcohol, your body finally completes detoxifying itself. In order to treat the worst kind of a headache, take some lavender essential oil and apply on the temples of the face.


4. After 72 Hours

72 hours after you quit drinking is the best hour because your body starts functioning normally like before. The side effects of a hangover are finally out of your system and you can finally feel that you are mentally as well as physically stable. Now, you can start working normally.


5. One Week

You start sleeping deeply one week after you quit alcohol, which causes your physical and mental energy to increase. Skin conditions, including dry flakes, dandruff, eczema and rosacea start to improve due to good changes happening inside the body. Also, the hydration restores on your skin, thus giving you a youthful and ever-glowing skin.


6. One Month

One month after you've quit drinking, your liver fat reduces by 15%, which increases its ability to filter the toxins from the body. Also, because the liver helps to flush out the toxins from the body, it helps to improve your skin's complexion. Normal functioning of the liver also gives you a healthy lifestyle.


7. One Year

Finally, the risk of damage to the liver, heart, mouth, etc.,decreases after quitting alcohol for a year. Belly fat reduces and you can enjoy fresh-looking and youthful skin like before.

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Story first published: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 14:30 [IST]
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