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Three reasons to stop drinking

BY READERS DIGEST

28th Jan 2022 Life

Three reasons to stop drinking

Sure, alcohol does give you a sense of happiness, and you may feel like all the problems of the world have just disappeared.

But is it a permanent solution? How long can you escape from the real-life problems and ignore them as if they don’t exist?

There can be times when it feels no one understands you; when life hits you so hard that you can’t find peace in anything. But know that there are people who love you, who would do anything to be by your side, and watching you in pain would make them suffer more than you would ever know.

One such author, John C. Wolfe, has written about his struggles in his book “You Can't Die: A Day of Clarity.” The book discusses about the problems addicts experience. It is a 300-page story that recurrently leaves the reader wondering, “How did we get here?” It further takes the readers to shocking developments that happen in quick succession without giving them a break until it’s time to laugh or cry.

You Can't Die: A Day of Clarity is a book that will help you trust yourself and stick to your goal of quitting alcohol.

Now let’s read about a few reasons why you should quit alcohol.

You would start feeling better

Many studies show the health benefits of drinking alcohol. However, heavy binge drinking can have devastating effects on your body and brain, leading to certain diseases such as coronary heart disease or diabetes in later life stages.

You should even avoid saying "one or two drinks" because it is a powerful statement - you are training yourself to think there's no problem with consuming a few glasses every day. And sooner you’ll realize you’re becoming an addict.

Excessive drinking will need your body to work harder to process the drug. Your liver would have to work harder to metabolize the alcohol, and your brain would overdrive trying to keep the body in balance.

But there is good news for you. Once you quit drinking, your body starts repairing itself. As a result, you start feeling better and more content. Because the body isn’t affected by the toxins in alcohol, you save more energy to focus on things. Above all, your brain and body can function at its total capacity once again.

You would say farewell to hangovers

The worst part about getting drunk is the hangover. It's a killer! Having headaches, feeling nauseous, and drained all morning long... It makes you think, “why did I drink so much last night?”

But on the contrary to this whole experience, there’s one thing that stands out: waking up refreshed with a fantastic day ahead of us instead of having woken up sick from drinking too much alcohol. Has it been long since you have felt this way? Try putting your drink down and enjoy waking up revitalized tomorrow.

No guilt over drinking, no more apologizing

Whether you notice or not, your loved ones must have expressed concern over your drinking habit. Do you feel guilty each time you do it and promise yourself to quit but can’t resist? Know that being free from alcohol can be highly liberating and powerful. If you are struggling to stop on your own, know that there is no shame in seeking treatment and help. The results will be tremendous, and your life will change for good.

It might not seem easy to quit, but everything has a starting point. Start today and liberate yourself from the guilt.

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