Maybe your hangovers are getting worse, or you can’t party like how you did back in college or maybe the beer belly is troubling you. There can be numerous reasons to quit alcohol and the sooner one starts, the better it is. Here are 10 things that will happen to your body when you stop drinking.
#1. Detox- the first 48 hours
48 hours after your last drink, your body is in a detox mode and your liver is working overtime. Your body is trying to clear the alcohol from your bloodstream and prevent alcohol poisoning. Depending on how much you drank, it may seem like a hangover and be accompanied with shakiness, nausea, sweating and insomnia.
If you are a heavy drinker, this phase is going to be tough. In no time, you will be craving alcohol. Your body has already created an equilibrium to adjust that alcohol which is now disrupted, so it will obviously crave a drink. For some people, withdrawal symptoms maybe accompanied by hallucinations, dizziness, shaking and irregular heart rate.
#3. You will sleep better
Don’t confuse passing out after drinking with a good sleep. In a normal sleep, your brain’s activity is in delta waves but when you sleep drunk, your brain produces alpha waves which are seen when one is awake but resting. So even if alcohol is helping you sleep faster, the quality of sleep worsens, leaving you more tired and fatigued the next day.
#4. Gain and rebuild muscle
As per a study done on mice, it was proved that alcohol impairs the synthesis of protein and thus hampers the muscle building. So if you are looking to build your body, better quit alcohol.