Alcohol is such an integral part of social life in our society that we barely give it another thought. That is, until someone has a problem. 

We drink at almost every social function, including some baby showers and kids’ birthday parties. 

And especially as we’re all spending more time in isolation, more people are turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism at home. 

Alcohol can become such a large part of your life that you don’t even realize when or how things are changing. But rest assured that if you’re drinking daily, things are changing. 

And when you stop drinking alcohol, you can expect to see any of the following five changes.

Weight loss

The “beer belly” may sound like a joke, but it’s a real thing. When you drink alcohol, you’re consuming empty calories and sugar that are completely unnecessary for your body to function. Beer is especially problematic because it’s also a carb-heavy beverage, and the body will convert those carbs to sugar. Another way you can gain weight by drinking alcohol is through extra food calories consumed. You’ll notice that there are always pizza shops in areas where there are a lot of bars. This is because heavy drinking can enhance your appetite and lead you to eat more. When you stop drinking, all these things go away, and so do the extra pounds you put on.

Better skin

Alcohol is a diuretic, and as such, it depletes your body of water. When you drink alcohol regularly, there’s a good chance your body is in a perpetual state of dehydration. And that will show up first in your skin. You may notice a ruddy complexion or some acne while you’re drinking. When you stop drinking, you should see noticeable improvements to your skin within two to three weeks. 

Better relationships

Alcohol may be billed as a social drug or crutch, but it will only ruin your relationships in the long run. What began as a few drinks to loosen up before social engagements could end with you canceling plans with friends to sit alone and drink. When you stop drinking, you’ll get your life back and your relationships can begin to mend.

Improved finances

Alcohol has so many detrimental effects that we don’t often think about the financial impact of drinking. But when you stop to add up all the money you’ve spent on beer, wine, or liquor, it’s easy to see that drinking is depleting your wallet too. When you stop spending on alcohol, you’ll find that you have more disposable income. You can save that money or put it towards something more productive, like a training program, dance class, or vacation.

Better mood

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, and it’s a tricky drug. At first, it lowers your inhibitions and makes you feel like you’re having a great time. But when you drink alcohol regularly, your tolerance will increase and you’ll need more and more alcohol to get the same effect until eventually the effect is gone and you’re only left with depression. When you stop drinking, your body will need some time to adjust, but eventually your mood will improve. 

If you’re thinking about making a change and quitting alcohol, it’s probably a good move. And if you’re having trouble stopping, check out alcohol detox programs in your area.