Booze and Your Body

Alcohol takes a toll on your body, and even one week without it can make a big difference. Whether you've been alcohol-free forever or are just starting your Dry January journey, here's what you -- and your body -- can expect to lose and gain when you cut out the alcohol. Thank you to Amanda Nighbert, RD (@amandanighbertrd), who provided this valuable information!

1 Week Alcohol Free

  • Improved sleep quality (even if it is tough at first!)
  • Save a few dollars on your grocery bill
  • More likely to be productive in the mornings when you are not hungover

2 Weeks Alcohol Free

  • Feeling more confident with your ability to stop drinking
  • Potentially finding more like-minded Instagram accounts, people, etc. who limit drinking as well
  • More likely to be productive in the mornings when you are not tired form your body trying to detox the alcohol
  • Learning how to combat cravings a bit more
  • Better workouts

3 Weeks Alcohol Free

  • Losing your cravings for alcohol
  • Learning to cope with any feelings that alcohol may mask
  • Creating better habits and routines

1 Month Alcohol Free

  • Less inflammation
  • Better GI health
  • Fewer snacking and "bad" food cravings (alcohol lowers your inhibition; therefore, you are more likely to snack!)
  • Save roughly $80+ depending on how much alcohol you were buying (assuming $20/week on average)
  • Significant reduction of liver stiffness (the beginning stages of liver disease) and blood pressure
  • Brighter skin and eyes
  • More time for hobbies

1 Year Alcohol Free

  • Better relationships with others
  • Better quality of life
  • Savings roughly $480+ per year (if you spend $20/week on alcohol you'd save $1,040 per year!)
  • Better coping strategies
  • Better relationship with going out to eat, going to a holiday party, going on vacation, etc.
  • Better hair, skin, and nails
  • Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression decrease
  • Canadian researchers found that alcohol contributed to roughly 29% of all dementia cases in a 2012 University of Montreal study
  • Weight loss and better nutrient absorption
Booze and Your Body