Deciding to quit drinking can cause significant changes in your body and in your overall health. It will aid weight loss, lower the risk of some forms of cancer and make your heart healthier. Quitting or drastically cutting down on drinking without help may be hard, but it can provide with you so many long and short term benefits to your health.
During the first 48 hours after you stop drinking, your body will have started the process of removing all of the harmful toxins from your body and it is during this stage you can expect to feel the bulk of your withdrawal symptoms. These can include bouts of sweating, tremors, headaches and a rise in blood pressure.
In as little as a month, you can expect to see a drastic improvement in your general health. Your liver function and energy levels will have significantly increased and it is not uncommon for excessive drinkers to see improvements in conditions they may have developed such as eczema, dandruff and rosacea.
A year after you stop drinking, you’ll typically notice changes in your appearance and how you feel overall. For example, on average those who have quit drinking for a year will have lost around 13 pounds, and your liver should be fully functional once more. As well as this, the risk rate of developing a variety of cancers, like liver, mouth, breast and more will have decreased.
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