4 Amazing Things That Happen When You Give Up Alcohol



Alcohol is a sneaky thing. It’s easy to rely on it to have a good time, and it changes your body and mind.

Recently, Louise Delage, an Instagram star in France, was revealed to be a construct created by Addict Aide. Every single photograph she appeared in was accompanied by a glass of alcohol or an empty bottle, and nobody spotted it because it seems so normal. Here’s what would happen if you decided to give it up…

1. Better sleep at night

Drinking late at night makes you pass out as soon as your head hits the pillow, but alcohol increases wave patterns in the brain that usually happen when you’re awake but resting, which means you’re more likely to get disrupted sleep. After you initially fall asleep, you’ll probably find you toss and turn and wonder why you’re awake. Giving up alcohol means you’ll be more able to get a deep, uninterrupted sleep.

2. Less cravings

When I drink, I get hungry, and so do most people. That’s why bar snacks are so popular! Alcohol heightens your senses and probably increases cravings, it doesn’t help that we’re always told to ‘soak it up’ with lots of food. Giving up alcohol means you’ll eat less at dinner times and still be full! However, you’ll probably gain a major sweet tooth if you drink a lot because your body will be used to sugar rushes.

3. Weight loss

If you’re an occasional drinker, there’s likely to be little change, but alcohol increases your daily calorie intake without you even realizing it. The average cocktail is around 300 calories! If you cut alcohol and don’t substitute it with anything else, you’ll see a huge difference in your weight.

4. Perfect skin

If you struggle with dry or dehydrated skin, once you give up alcohol, your skin will be seriously hydrated. Alcohol is a diuretic which causes you to visit the toilet more often and lose water. The less alcohol you drink the more you will improve conditions like dandruff, eczema, and rosacea, too.

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Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • Jen

    I’ve never drank a day in my life! I’m 28 and I’m always carded because no one believes I’m over 21! Life on the hyrdrated side is pretty awesome. I can still go out and wake up refreshed the next day.


  • Erin Henry

    OMG number two, story of my life lol. One wine and I am all like, where is the junk food! Might try a month off soon!

    Thanks for sharing!


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