Changes in our bodies when we quit alcohol after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months

“In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.” ~ Cassandra Clare

Life is full of choices, and the choices we make, make the people we become. The choices we make regarding our physical and mental health impact our long-term wellbeing. They impact our jobs, our social connections and ultimately the time we get to spend doing.

Making a choice to reduce your alcohol intake or quit drinking is another one of these life choices. For some it’s an easy choice and for others a painful one. But regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, it’s a choice that comes with some great benefits. 

We want to take you through some of the improvement and progress that you can notice if you decide to quit or reduce your intake significantly. We want you to be informed of the things you can start noticing after a couple of weeks, all the way to 12 months down the track. 

Quick disclaimer here – everyone’s experience is their own. What happens for one person may not be your experience. We would encourage you to hope for as many of these great benefits while keeping in mind that you are as unique as your fingerprint. Seek medical advice if you need guidance on what’s happening in regard to your health.

 

1 Month - Better sleep and other benefits

Research shows that one month in, some people start to feel a sense of achievement and control over their relationship with alcohol (O de Visser & Piper, 2020). It’s important to recognise the small wins and keep an eye out for the inner critic that might downplay what you’ve done well. Increased mental clarity often appears after a few weeks and partly this comes from better sleep. Sleep has an impact on so much of our everyday functioning and if it improves from a reduction in alcohol you might find that you don’t wake up as often and you experience more deep, restorative sleep than you did before. 

Your liver gets a nice holiday at this stage and it doesn’t need to work quite as hard to keep you healthy. Relief on your liver gives it an opportunity to stay well and minimise any damage that alcohol might have been trying to cause. Research also shows that some people experience an increased libido after reducing or quitting alcohol. It can be a surprise for some, but alcohol rarely has a positive, long-term effect on people’s sex lives. As some of the areas above start to improve, it can result in an increase in your overall health and well-being. This is the time that withdrawal symptoms such as urges, cravings and thoughts around alcohol can start to reduce as well and become much more manageable. 

 

3 Months - Continued liver restoration and broader health benefits

Hopefully, you’ve started to experience some of those benefits from the 1 month list and it’s ok if it took a little longer than a month to notice them. If you find that one aspect from that list is still something you’re struggling with, such as sleep or lack of mental clarity, we encourage you to seek medical support to see if there are other things in your life affecting that part of your health. 

After 3 months, your liver will continue to experience that relief as mentioned above. Your sleep quality should continue to improve, and this (amongst other benefits) should provide an improvement to your overall health. At this stage your risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease and several cancers starts to reduce (World Cancer Research Fund, 2007; Roerecke et al., 2017). Many will notice that their blood pressure has lowered if it was high before making changes. This is similar to possible weight loss. For people who have experienced weight gain due to drinking excess alcohol, weight loss may be part of the AF (alcohol-free) experience. Finally, you may start to experience a boost in your overall mood and a less intense experience of anxiety or depression.

 

6 Months - Improved Focus

You’ve made it to 6 months! That’s fantastic! At this stage, you’ve continued to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. This is the point where some more intangible benefits start to appear. Some people find that their self-esteem improves and ability to be self-compassionate also increases (Collison et al., 2016). Because of these internal changes, relationships often improve or become more possible. For anyone dealing with mental health challenges before or while they were drinking, a reduction in alcohol or going AF often reduces the intensity of the experience of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety (Beyond Blue, 2020). 

Many of the benefits listed above such as improved memory and ability to focus and concentrate, will continue. Increased quality of sleep can have some positive effects for many people. It might mean the ability to get up earlier and get more done in the day. For some, they find that meditation, reading or other activities such as a pottery class, become more possible. Sleep dictates our energy levels to an extent (SleepFoundation.org, 2020) so exercise or any form of movement can become easier and more enjoyable. 

 

12 Months - Reduce Cancer Risk

Abstaining for 12 months is a massive achievement so celebrate your success whatever it may look like. By now you’ve improved your overall health, physically and mentally. You’ve also reduced your overall risk of having an injury or accident (Alcohol & Drug Foundation, 2020). Often people report needing fewer sick days from work, and your heart is a whole lot healthier than it was 12 months ago. Your immune system is also functioning better, and your liver is loving life at this point too. During this journey you will try lots of techniques, strategies and ways to change your relationship with alcohol. Figure out what works for you and leave the rest. Continue using the strategies, tools and support team that has helped you get this far and don’t hesitate to reach out for support when you need it to stay on track. 

We hope this has been helpful, seeing some of the benefits you can experience over time. Remember that everyone’s experience is different and you might not see the same changes for yourself at the same time as others. It’s ok to make your own path and, where possible, be patient with the process. You’re not alone in this. Check out the supportive community on our Daybreak app or get some health coaching support to encourage you along this path. 

 

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Collison, Daniel & Banbury, Sam & Lusher, Jo. (2016). Relationships between Age, Sex, Self-Esteem and Attitudes Towards Alcohol Use Amongst University Students. Journal of alcohol and drug education. 60. 16-34. 

de Visser, R. and Piper, R., 2020. Short- and Longer-Term Benefits of Temporary Alcohol Abstinence During ‘Dry January’ Are Not Also Observed Among Adult Drinkers in the General Population: Prospective Cohort Study. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 55(4), pp.433-438.

Roerecke, M., Kaczorowski, J., Tobe, S., Gmel, G., Hasan, O. and Rehm, J., 2017. The effect of a reduction in alcohol consumption on blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Public Health, 2(2), pp.e108-e120.

Sleep Foundation. 2020. How Sleep Satisfaction Affects Your Energy Level Throughout The Day – Sleep Foundation. [online] Available at: <https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-improving-your-sleep-satisfaction-can-increase-your-energy-level> [Accessed 15 October 2020].

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  • I’m three months in now. Better sleep happened almost immediately, along with really vivid dreams that I can now remember. Generally feeling happier and more confident. Hangovers, unfulfilled promises not to drink and embarrassment tend to lead to self loathing which has been a joy to shake off. Overwhelming smugness is another side effect which I have to keep in check. Sadly no weight reduction. Chocolate consumption went through the roof. No-one warned me about that! Happy New Year and good luck to everyone addressing their drinking in 2021.

    By Leah
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    December 30, 2020
    • Many thanks for your message. I’m about to try! Encouraging information. Good luck to all.

      By Anton
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      December 30, 2020
    • I’m at three months now and your comments made me laugh because they are so relatable… I’ve experienced the smugness and no weight loss for me because somehow Ice Cream has come crashing into my life in a big way…can’t get enough of it… Good luck to all on their path to sobriety!

      By Jason
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      April 14, 2021
      • 3 months no alcohol Was a binge drinker on Fridays after work but I wanted to lose weight and feel better Now walk after work and fasting once a week helps fruit & vegetables increased Feel much better have energy better then ever…lost 15 pounds so far not easy sweets get in the way ..Chocolate..

        By Rick
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        April 23, 2021
    • I feel you on the weight loss thing! My doctor says it may start to come off around 6 month period when I am no longer replacing alcohol with popsicles! Smug Club, for sure. 🙂 Best to all.

      By Heather
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      April 20, 2021
      • I’m having much less anxiety, and the anxiety is easier to calm down. I’m on calmer water now – I do miss the buzz, I won’t lie, but the after-booze fizzle isn’t worth it. The fizzle lasts longer than the buzz! That’s one way to reframe alcohol if you are close to a cocktail – “When you drink, you get fizzled!”

        By C
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        April 22, 2021
      • That’s good to hear. I was expecting instant weightloss! but I’ve definitely increased sugar intake, it’s getting better though, at day 53. I’m totally smug also, I have to keep it in check

        By Manflick
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        June 4, 2021
      • I definitely feel this as well. No weight loss for me. Smug Club too. I replaced it with sweets. Now at 150 days in my sugar cravings have gone way down and I’m now craving healthier choices so hopefully 6 month mark for me too haha.

        By Mel
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        August 10, 2021
    • same- no weight loss! if anything weight gain!

      By christopher
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      June 2, 2021
      • I had a month sober and blew it I promised my son I would continue being sober because he likes to be around me sober. I never saw my dad sober too much ad he had better reasons to drink like Vietnam I also endured countless hate filled speeches that drove me to believe in the white race is the best race mentality. I hate that shit but children are like dogs u raise em right they turn out ok u raise em wrong they turn out all fucked up in the head.

        By CLAYTON
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        July 6, 2021
    • Ha, same here. Haven’t had a drink in over 3 months, but started eating chocolate after dinner and haven’t lost any weight.

      By Cate
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      July 15, 2021
    • I love this and I sure do relate to the “overwhelming smugness” of which you speak! So true.

      Hope you’re still enjoying your AF life.

      By Derek Gagnier
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      September 4, 2021
  • Earlier this year I managed 4 1/2 months AF. I was an everyday drinker , 3-4 wines a night. I was surprised that I experienced all those things( including the increased chocolate consumption!) but felt absolutely wonderful. Have slipped back but Thankyou for the reminder of the benefits. I’m inspired to start again.

    By Jennifer
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    December 30, 2020
    • Jennifer I also did 4.5 months last year and then went back on it. Lockdowns don’t help. I’m back on the dry 14 days and determined to stay off it…

      By Catherine
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      April 25, 2021
  • I have been working on reducing my alcohol intake, from 2 drinks a night to 2 a week. People think I don’t know what a drinking problem is but as you say everyone is different. I am ready sleeping better, waking up with more energy, and more confidence to do different things, also more able to manage complex emotions in relationships with myself and others, I know I’m saving money, and experience less age related pain… reducing alcohol is the best thing I’ve done this year. Thank you

    By Kate
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    December 30, 2020
    • Age related pain. An excellent observation as overall body inflammation decreases wit less alcohol. Surprised it is not in this list.

      By Peter P
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      January 1, 2021
      • I am too. Inflammatory issues such as arthritic hands & feet feel
        less onerous. However, increased loneliness during isolation & living alone no family increases. Includes loss of 20 years of psychiatry due to PTSD from childhood.

        Mif June 17, 2021

        By Mifflin
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        June 18, 2021
  • Just experienced my first alcohol free Christmas and loved it! I am approaching 12mths ‘off the grog’ and feeling pretty damn happy with myself. Loved your article, thank you for your inspiration & support!

    By Robbie
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    December 30, 2020
    • Ma little over 3 months AF. I could have written this article as I’ve experienced about everything in it. I’ve experienced some weight gain which is welcomed since I’ve always been around 135 when 155/160 is desired. Don’t think I could ever go back even though I miss it. The benefits are ridiculously wonderful!

      By Jason Doss
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      September 7, 2021
  • I want to and need to but i am scarred I can’t. Its not the action im addicted to its the taste. Wine is my poison. Im going to to try again in the next few days to stop.

    By Aaron
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    December 30, 2020
    • Hi Aaron,

      Thank you for sharing. It sounds like it’s a tough time for you right now and we want you to know that there is support available. Check out the Daybreak app to connect with others who may be going through a similar experience or reach out to a health professional such as GP. Lifeline is also available for support 24/7 on 13 11 14. Take care, The HSM Team.

      By Hello Sunday Morning
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      January 11, 2021
    • One day @ a time, friends. I have been sober (alcohol & tranquilizers) for over 40 years, but today is THE critical day. I was very very sick and was committed to a tough rehab unit. Slowly, the sober life made sense and the desire to drink & use faded some. Everyday is a gift & new opportunity. So enjoy, and take it easy.

      By Butch
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      February 5, 2021
    • I know exactly what you mean Aaron. I didn’t crave anything except red wine (I used this as part of my denial that I even had a problem). I tried portioning out 6 oz a day, and just caved after a couple of days. I stopped it all and never looked back. There is a great book called “Godspeed” by Casey Legler. It was an aha moment for me. I have felt exactly like you and thought I was giving up so much by going sober. Instead, I realized Sobriety was something I had. It is mine to own and nourish and I LOVE IT!

      By Heather
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      April 20, 2021
      • I have been sober for a month now. I too had a big addiction to wine. It was nothing for me to polish off a bottle or 2 sometimes 3. Memory loss, mood swings and no self control. I had gained so much weight and got very sedentary. My health was at high risk for stroke or heart attack. That was the wake up call after seeing my lab results. I have grandchildren that I want to be around to enjoy a long time. Since quitting I started exercising everyday and have lost weight with WW. I feel 100% better! I never thought I could quit but I did it! I take one day at a time and am really enjoying my life now sober. Sorry this is so winded but it’s awesome to be able to share. God bless!

        By Jennifer
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        May 1, 2021
    • Just came to the conclusion a bottle of wine a night was a negative. After 1 month I am feeling really great, evenings are so much more and waking up without the effect of alcohol is a pleasure. Looking forward to 3 months and trying to reduce chocolate a tea consumption.
      Really encourging to read all the replies.

      By Andrew
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      May 14, 2021
      • No booze for last 2 months, feeling better, but have replaced the evening drinkies with 0 beer. I now have to ween myself off that as well as evening chocolate intake, rarely ate chocolate before. But finally sleeping better, still waiting for the energy increase to kick in, am feeling tired all the time.
        But am going to continue, no hangovers are excellent !

        By Lou
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        May 23, 2021
  • After 8 days in, the improvement in quality of day tie alertness is dramatic as well as far better sleep quality. this has resulted in better mood management (I lose my temper far slower if ever now.)

    By john
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    December 31, 2020
  • I am three years and three months sober. It was incredibly difficult to leave alcohol behind physically and socially but, as time went on, I felt stronger, more clear-headed, healthier. Now, after taking the time to look at the reasons behind my addiction, I feel more my authentic self than I have felt since I was a very young child. I can honestly say I do not miss the liquid I used to seemingly not be able to do without. I like the way I feel. I like my ability to act and think with clear intention. I like my life. The changes have be amazing cognitively, emotionally and physically and I am grateful every day.

    By Elizabeth
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    December 31, 2020
    • john – that’s beautiful – so happy for you – and also – the biggest encouragement I’ve found — thank you x

      By linda
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      June 17, 2021
    • Brilliant description Elizabeth ! Authentic self Yes!

      By Sid Bleak
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      August 6, 2021
  • I’m about to begin the first 3 months of 2021 alcohol free, I’ve got 40+ years of habitual drinking to beat, I’ll be revisiting this list along the way, to remind me why I’m doing it, thanks.

    By Sue
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    December 31, 2020
    • I ended 42 years of alcohol consumption on 7 December. I never knew what real sleep was until now. I wake up restored and ready for another sober day. You go Sue!

      By Vicki
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      January 1, 2021
      • Hi, I stopped drinking on the 4th January. I’ve probably been drinking since the age of 13. I’m a very fit and healthy 46 year old but just had had enough of it. Three things I’ve noticed, sleeping better my joints don’t hurts in the morning and my lungs fill like they can expand more. I’ve made sure that I’ve not become preachy about not drinking. I’d highly recommend the audio/book ‘Drink? By Professor David Nutt. It’s not a self help book but talks about the science and social aspects of alcohol.

        By John
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        May 13, 2021
    • I’m about the same in use and desire to change. My partner and I have vowed to quit for two months as our initial goal. Hoping I’ll feel so great I’ll stay off alcohol for good.

      By Rose
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      January 2, 2021
    • Here is how it worked for me after failed attempts after 1 then 3 months then 6 then 12
      I stopped counting days and months and just kept it in the day then days turned to weeks to months to years (About 26 but who cares)
      One day at a time

      By Bill
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      January 7, 2021
      • Yes I’m three months sober. Today I am sober one day at a time. I

        By Jacqueline Selfe
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        July 3, 2021
      • For me everyday I say to myself, today really isn’t a good day to drink. And, if I find a reason to have a drink, I will never find a reason not to.

        By Todd wasylik
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        July 17, 2021
    • Hope you’re doing well

      By Jen
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      January 7, 2021
    • I stopped drinking in October last year. Just at 3 months. My bp and weight loss good. Feel great with all the listed benefits experienced. You will save a fortune as well. Good luck.. Not going back

      By Peter
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      January 9, 2021
      • It’s been a month now and l haven’t had a beer or smoked a joint. My b/p is going down,the quality of sleep is incredible,l didn’t know l could sleep this well without alcohol,but ice cream and donuts have come in the picture,lm looking forward to many more months alchohol free,after 30 years of drinking,l dont miss it

        By Fanuel
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        May 30, 2021
    • How is it going… are you still alcohol free

      By AH
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      April 4, 2021
      • I’ve just clocked up 5 months and my sleeping has improved dramatically along with marked reduction in stress and anxiety. I never intended to completely stop but now I’m not so sure. Life is good. AF. 👍 good luck to all it’s definitely worth it.

        By Greg
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        May 29, 2021
    • Today is 8 months free. Did 3 rehabs, hospital, groups before doing it on my own. This time I looked in the mirror and found I enjoyed feeling healthy and strong and wanted to reverse damage of 20 years. Returned to fitness and great nutrition. Train 5-6 days per week sensibly. No groups just lifestyle change and personal accountability. We all have a spirit inside that is power to overcome anything. It’s deep and can be hard to tap into but have faith it’s there waiting to grow.
      I’m back to my ideal weight and body fat and almost full strength despite some neuropathy. New addiction seems to be coffee. Not crazy but for me 5-6 cups per day is a “fix” that helps and sleep is less but very deep (5-6hrs). Do it for you. It’s personal, private, and powerful. Lead by example and don’t do it for anyone else. Your positive energy will infect those closest to you and protect you from the darkness that will always lurk somewhere waiting. Face it, challenge it and overcome it.

      By Chris
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      July 21, 2021
    • How did you go Sue?
      I have just hit the one month into my three.
      Energy better
      Focus better
      Sleeping better

      In the next two months I will wean myself off sugar. Because this interupts energy levels etc too

      By Ella
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      July 25, 2021
  • I’m a little more than 3 months AF and sleep is definitely better (as are my dreams) but I think the biggest plus here is that I wake everyday now able to breathe calmly and not feel like a failure for breaking my commitment the night before. When I say or write this I always include “no jinx” because I know this is precarious and I don’t want to ever be over-confident. Still…this feels great!
    (No jinx ☺️)

    By Annie
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    January 1, 2021
  • I gave up six years ago and I am now😘AF.

    I’m sure it has provided huge health benefits that are unseen, so to speak.

    I did not need alcohol in 2020 in fact it honestly never came to mind. I want clarity and focus not fuzz and disorganisation.

    Thank you to the HSM team it helped to talk and be free.

    Thank you.

    By Clinton
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    January 2, 2021
  • I just achieved my first 12 months of being alcohol free. It was my first Christmas & New Years without alcohol since I was a teenager, I’m 46, and it was easier than I thought.

    I just wanted to share that I’ve felt all the benefits listed in this article and more. One of the key ones is my wife commenting that we fight a whole lot less. Another one is knowing my children are observing me not drinking and hopefully that will rub off on them when they are adults.

    When I quit I didn’t set a time frame but more of an open goal. At this point in my AF journey, I’m now seriously wondering if I will ever drink again.

    By Hugo
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    January 2, 2021
  • A really helpful article, thank you.
    After many failed attempts to start, I have now committed to giving up alcohol. My alcohol intake has steadily increased over the past 10 months, to what is now probably 4 or 5 bottles of wine a week. I’ve put this down to lockdown and having worked from home since the start of Covid-19 and needing to relax, this obviously isn’t helping though.
    I’m 46, gone from being slim, active and full of energy and enthusiasm, to overweight, tried all the time and and generally feeling pretty crap about myself.
    I am very fortunate to have a husband who is an amazing cook and we enjoy evenings with a wonderful meal which is complemented by a bottle or two. What else is there to do a the moment?!
    I’m conscious that if I don’t take action now I never will.
    It’s only been 4 days but it’s been a stressful week at work and I got through Friday evening’s lovely meal without partaking in the rather nice red which accompanied it.
    Fingers crossed 🤞🏻

    By Chantal
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    January 23, 2021
  • I now have 2 to 3 mid strength beers of an afternoon rather than a few heavy beers then red wine with dinner and post dinner. Admittedly, I may have a few more xxxx gold after golf on a Saturday. Would this be deemed a bit improvement in consumption. My wife has stopped drinking altogether due to some health concerns. Thanks Jon.

    By Jon Stower
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    February 4, 2021
    • big improvement that last post should read

      By Jon
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      February 4, 2021
    • Question for you Jon: My circumstances are similar, my husband still drinks a couple (high alcohol 8%) beers 4X a night, and I find myself irritated with his drinking, which never happened in the past.
      I know this is my issue, and nothing to do with him. I don’t even like beer(red wine was my thing), and I am frustrated with my irritation.
      Is this an issue for you and your wife? How do you handle it? Thank you.

      By Heather
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      April 20, 2021
  • I stopped drinking 3 months ago. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. But 3 months in, my sleep is still shocking. I’m awake most nights at 2 or 3, and I’m exhausted. I have the sugar craving, which is fine, but every evening I reach for a glass of zero alcohol wine and I reckon I’ve still got a habit. Why can’t I go an evening without a glass in my hand? It feels the same as a nicotine substitute for smoking would be so maybe I haven’t stopped in my head.

    By Blackcats
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    April 30, 2021
    • Hey there. I was an every day drinker for about 13 years! Literally everyday 12 beers no worries!!!. For me it was obviously the feeling that I loved but I also noticed it was the action of buying myself my reward for making it through another day of work etc. Plus I genuinely enjoyed the taste of beer and all the different options that I could try and enjoy. What I did was replace doing this with different things like kombuchas, coconut waters iced teas always stocked in my fridge. If I feel like something special I grab a cold one of those and reward myself with that! Might seem silly but has really helped me stay strong for the last 2 months.
      Good luck

      By Peter
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      May 5, 2021
      • I am 3 months AF this week. I began drinking in my early 30s. By 45, I was drinking daily, and vodka was my drink of choice. Over the covid year things spiraled quickly for me. After losing two family members I started drinking extremely heavily. One night I was laying in bed snd I thought, I’m going to die if I don’t stop. I had gained weight, barely got out of bed, hid bottles from my husband. The next day I stopped. I read how to detox at home snd did it without telling my husband or 3 sons. I even kept the bottle of vodka in the liquor cabinet, where it still sits, because I knew for me I had to be able to do it in the world I live.

        My greatest pleasure these days is tea! I have dozens of different teas snd I have replaced my vodka addiction with a tea one lol.

        I also started IF and have list all the weight I gained. On days like today, when I face stress or strife, I face it raw. And I drink tea.

        By Kim L
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        May 20, 2021
      • I did the same thing. I noticed I always had to have a drink in my hand. Habit I’ve had forever and I can only say that that is what my parents did and my grandparents…
        So I just replaced it with yummy drinks. Things I normally wouldn’t spend the money on but since I wasn’t buying alcohol I was saving money. I drank A LOT of those drinks but after a couple months it got easier and easier. This has been my process for the last 6 or so months. I’ve binged and restarted numerous times but I will not ever go back to the point I was at a year ago.

        By CK
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        August 2, 2021
    • Hey there, I am now 75 days in and feel a l lot better in general. I was a everyday vodka and beer drinker. i now cringe at the thought of vodka but I genuinely like the taste of beer so I have been drinking the 0 alcohol beer. I don’t know if I am setting myself up but for now it seems to be working for me. The sweet cravings have gone thru the roof. I haveso many questions I need answered related to health.

      By George
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      May 23, 2021
  • 2 months and feeling a lot better. From sleep and clear skin. I only had one surprise. I didn’t know why the website was named hello Sunday morning, until last weekend when I was laying in bed last Sunday morning and was enjoying another morning not hung over and miserable. Then it just dawned on me. Hello Sunday Morning!!!! Thank you for your website

    By Bill Kennedy
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    May 1, 2021
  • 3 months and counting, i had to quit due to alcohol related pancreatitis. I feel great, no more flare-up, better sleep, weight loss and better eating habits, although the craving for chocolate and ice cream increased. Looking forward to spending more time gardening, playing with the kids and being a good husband to a wonderful, supportive wife.

    By Jason
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    May 4, 2021
  • I hope i am successful at quitting. I have horrible panic attacks while falling asleep and i use wine to knock me out lol. The hangovers are horrible the next day and i have bad anxiety. I am a everyday drinker for sleep. Something has to change because Im dependent on it. smh

    By Keenah
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    May 7, 2021
    • Hi Keenah,

      Thank you for sharing. It sounds like it’s a tough time for you right now and we want you to know that there is support available. Check out the Daybreak app to connect with others who may be going through a similar experience or reach out to a health professional such as GP. Lifeline is also available for support 24/7 on 13 11 14.

      Take care, The HSM Team.

      By Hello Sunday Morning
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      May 10, 2021
  • I am currently 4 full months in. Stepping into month 5 and I am feeling great. I didn’t like the dependency I had on drinking beer. I really enjoy it but i was what made me “feel” happy. I can have that feeling without it. I also really liked very expensive beers and I have noticed my spend going down and i have lost about 20 pounds. I am a relative active person and this was not a surprise becasue I just started picking up my workouts even more. Other then that, I do consume non alcholic beers to just scratch that itch. But I really enjoy not drinking alcohol. Once the full 12 months is up I am really looking forward to cracking that Westmalle Tripel and enjoying the beautiful taste. I think I will change up my lifestyle a bit after this full 12 months going AF and switch to 1 week of drinking with 1 month off and see how it goes. Will build a schedule around it Haha.

    Best,
    Patrick Bateman

    By Pat
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    May 9, 2021
  • Yes! Yes! And Yes! I never wanted to give up drinking -it was like losing my loyal friend- but all of these + things began happening for me when I became sober! Everyday I marvel in the fact that I am happy, sleep well, and am calm and focused. The weight gain came (and quite a bit ) -but my 12 step program mentality is now helping me correct the weight problem! 3 years sober !

    By Julie
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    May 11, 2021
  • I’m three months way down on consumption! I used to drink about six-eight beers per night for three/four days per week. I’m very active in my job and like to run and exercise but my relief was sitting down with “a beer or two” at night that grew over time. Never problems sleeping but felt tired for a time. Weight loss occurred and bloating went away. Much more flexible and feel younger.

    By Rob
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    May 16, 2021
  • Im 4 months off alcohol as was diagnosed with t2 diabetes in january. Only 36 and did drink alot when younger but not much since 2018, dont miss it at all so far and am trying to ditch it completely as its very bad for my condition now. Am losing weight but thats due to diet and excercise everyday. Not sleeping any better then normal. Maybe after a year i might see all these real benefits.

    By Eddie ryan
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    May 20, 2021
  • I have been mostly AF for 6 months now – I had a glass of wine a month ago and another the month prior to that. I drank nearly every day previously – some wine each day. Maybe I never was enough of a “problem drinker” in the first place for this to make a big difference. I have always been very fit, eat healthy and love the gym. I’ve not lost any weight. I don’t sleep better or have any sense of increased clarity. My skin isn’t noticeably glowing or anything like that.

    Still, I know it’s the right choice for someone who works hard in the gym and avoids junk food so AF for me.

    By Amy
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    May 25, 2021
  • I am almost at the 6 month mark!! I have lost weight and my mood is good, haven’t felt this great in so long. and who knew I had such a sweet tooth.
    It is nice to read all the comments and be able to relate. Good luck to everyone!

    By Rebecca
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    May 27, 2021
  • I’m at 8 months. Used to drink about a 5th a day. It has amazed me, the adjustment period. I lost weight, then gained weight, now I’m losing again. I have gone through a host of other weird things week to week. I am just NOW putting the sugar down. I would say it’s at about 20% of what it was when I quit. It’s okay. Eating candy is better than ingesting alcohol, and your body will adjust. I don’t have nightmares anymore, off an ssri, and so much more. Even at 8 months I’m still experiencing changes. If your body learned to live with alcohol for a long time then it will take time learning to live without it.

    By Rita
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    June 2, 2021
    • Hi Rita I’m 2 months clean today went into rehab April 2.had a very scary withdrawal in the hospital I was near death caused by lactic acidosis scary scary. I am improving my sugar and BP but get dizzy spells I was sleeping better in rehab but have been home and can’t sleep maybe I felt safe in rehab but its nice to hear that its a day to day thing I get frustrated some days and cry and feel I will never feel better. But this helps me remember it took me 1 year to become a 1 handle of vodka a day morning to night everyday no rest. And it doesn’t take a home thats been destroyed to be built in 2 months…thank you again for sharing just need encouragement now

      By diane
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      June 2, 2021
      • Diane. I just lost my nephew from vodka. One handle a day. His wife and kids left him during Covid. He cut way done on drinking hoping they would come back. He was doing really good. But after being gone 13 months she served him papers. He stopped eating and drank a handle a day. Doctors told him to stop drinking 5 years ago or he would die. It took 2 months. He hid it well from all of us. Since he was just in his home by himself. He called every day very lonely. My sister finally went to his home. They got him to the hospital. They did dialysis and tried to save him. But were to late. My heart aches for his mom. He was a wonderful person we had his memorial on Saturday there were so many friends on zoom. He was loved by so many. I’m not a heavy drinker. Bit I think I’m going to stop drinking because of this. I was having 1 to 2 drinks a night. Don’t know when that started. But since all this happened I’m down to 1-2 a week. I enjoyed reading all the experiences.

        By Rebecca
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        June 30, 2021
  • I was having 2 to 5 drinks a night, sometimes shots of liquor, sometimes very strong stout beers. A couple of months ago, finally decided I was tired of waking up every day with a light hangover plus the extra calories were making my weight loss goal harder.

    I feel a thousand times better now. I’m sleeping better, the weight fell right off, and my brain is much clearer. I was always counting the calories of the alcohol in my diet, but often it would make me wake up at night and binge eat and ruin my day. Problem solved!

    I still love the taste of a good beer, so I often have ONE (just one) on Friday or Saturday nights. It was hard to limit at first, but now it just feels normal and I’m not thinking about booze all the time.

    I’m also saving a lot of money because the beers I enjoy are stupidly expensive! (Think ~$6/bottle)

    I highly recommend the AF or AR (alcohol-reduced) life to anyone!

    By Mike C
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    June 6, 2021
  • I am 2 months sober i became an alcoholic in just 1 year drinking 1 handle of vodka a day. My BP is down now I take my regular medications for that and has been great very scary I did go into the hospital to detox and had to stay for lactic acidosis. They also said im diabetic so im working hard. I just want to know will things get better.i I know im still early in recovery but I have good energy days and days i cant get up i and im not balanced. I just would like some encouragement and would like to know if anyone still had trouble thinking straight. I notice I am always forgetting and putting things away in the wrong place but i catch myself and get anxiety a frustrated. i just need to know i will be okay. Please if you could just give me some advice and timeline while in rehab ladies were working out after 2 weeks i still havent got that energy and when i wake up feeling ok its just for a bit and i get exhausted. My sleep is horrible still…Thank you

    By Diane
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    June 6, 2021
    • Hi Diane – everyone goes at their own pace I am sure. You are doing great things! Take care

      By Jane
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      June 8, 2021
    • A handle a day is a lot. I drank 1/3 of a handle a day. After two years of that my PCP called me in to have more blood work done because my liver enzymes were triple what they should’ve been. My sister has cirrhosis and is having a difficult time financially because of that…and she has been drinking every day for almost 50 years. I couldn’t afford dealing with cirrhosis, especially living by myself. I’m sure you have fatty liver, just as I do. As I said, a handle is a lot so your liver has a lot to expel. Remember, your liver is one of the most forgiving organs we have, but it might not be so forgiving if you return to drinking.

      By Connie
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      July 24, 2021
  • I’m 4 months and counting. I lost 30-35 lbs & feel and look great. More focused and determined during my career journey. This pandemic really helped me. Plus, I feel more at peace. I quit drinking beer and wine due to personal health scare. GOD is always watching.
    #AMEN

    By Edward
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    June 10, 2021
  • All of my life — high school, college, grad school, today — my friend groups have been pretty heavy drinkers. Great, fun, supportive people, but heavy drinkers. After I became single, I started drinking a lot at home. Why? Boredom, rewarding myself for working hard, etc. For the past five years, I’ve tried to keep my drinks to fewer than 7 a day. Yeah, that’s a lot, but I could somehow manage the next day if I “only” had 7. Last week I finally realized I’m gonna die — I have an immune disorder, high BP, high cholesterol, weird pains in my gut. I had to leave an important meeting just to get home and have 3 drinks to stop a panic attack. I’m at day 4 and feel great. My sleep is already better. Worried about the weekend coming up.

    By Marcus
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    June 11, 2021
    • June 12th,19 days in, sleeping better, eating better , just finding things to do, thanks all.

      By satch Riley
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      June 12, 2021
  • I am 3 months off alcohol,it was affecting my work, not anymore.i kinda look at drinking with distain now.my self-esteem is improving as is my confidence, alcohol used to be my shield, reward, Icebreaker, hobby,took over my life really.i have gone caffeine free too now.i still smoke, small steps.

    By Timmy Dennehy
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    June 13, 2021
  • Think about quitting at times but because of life circumstances nothing takes the edge off like a couple of beers.
    I have been trying to cut back as I have been drinking quite heavily over the last year. I don’t think I can or want to quit entirely but I don’t want this running away from me either and end up doing something stupid that has life long consequences.

    I love playing golf but I can only play decent if If I’ve had a couple. Nothing completes the round like sitting outside on the clubhouse patio with friends and a pitcher. During Covid, golf was our oasis, take off the masks, breath the fresh air and have a beer and a small sense of normalcy.

    By gh
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    June 16, 2021
  • Hello SM. I am 97 days AF and since day 40-50 i haven’t had a single craving for red wine or beer. Me and my partner drank most nights and me quitting has reduced her intake as well.
    Quitting i think made me depressed at first as i needed 9-10 hrs sleep a night and i didnt feel any benefits until about 3 weeks ago when i suddenly noticed i wasn’t craving a nap anymore at the wknd and i felt good to go all day. I sleep now 7-8 hrs every night up from 5-6 and i feel much more relaxed, focussed and a calmer , nicer partner and dad.
    I have lost 6-7 kilos and weirdly no cravings although i have had some stomach issues caused by quitting and eat much healthier after using my drinking time 1 night to read Eat to Beat Disease by Dr William Li.
    Work is also better as I am not as tired after lunch and i feel i can handle stress better. I have a work party next month and im taking the car because i aint drinking and don’t want to ruin how good it feels not to drink.
    Glad i found HSM as it inspired me to keep going after a few weeks when i felt like having a drink as reading everyone’s journeys made me realise it was worth keeping going. Many thanks to you all xxx Take care and keep being good to yourself xx

    By MS
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    June 17, 2021
    • Good to hear Marc!

      We’re glad that you’re along for the ride – hope you keep the changes up, and take care of yourself too 🙂

      The HSM Team

      By Hello Sunday Morning
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      June 17, 2021
  • Have been AF for 5 months now, never thought that I would be able to do it. Have lost 11 kilos, sleeping much better and while I still forget what I was going to do next it comes back to me much quicker.

    By Veronica
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    June 22, 2021
  • I am AF for one month but have an insatiable craving for sugar. I hope it goes away soon. I am gaining weight.

    By Marjorie L Muro
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    June 24, 2021
    • Try fresh, sweet fruit!

      By Rebekkah
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      July 30, 2021
  • Hello, I’m 3 months AF in a few days. Im 62 and have been a heavy drinker for well over 20 years. I have gone AF for a month or two previously and one time I went 3 months.

    Every time I have gone AF I’ve had terrible sleeps for the first week then I have the greatest and deepest sleeps ever.

    Sadly this time the great sleeps haven’t happened.

    Any suggestions

    thank you for reading

    By Geoff
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    June 27, 2021
  • I’m at 6 months now after years of stop/start attempts. I do get tempted every now and again but after 6 months the downsides of alcohol just don’t seem worth it anymore. The positives are so many I couldn’t list them all here but if I could give my top 3 in no particular order

    1. You can show up everyday for your life
    2. You learn to forgive yourself
    3. A huge decrease in anxiety

    I’m going to keep travelling this path. I really focus now on the things I would jeopardise if I went back to alcohol. Again this is a long list!

    Best of luck all. You can do it!

    By Nicholas
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    June 29, 2021
    • Hi- I’ve been drinking wine almost every night of the week, 2-4 glasses a night. I’ve been doing this for years and I really want to stop. I keep coming to the “no drinking type websites” and they are all so encouraging, but then 5pm comes around and I cave to wine every time. It’s a habit and for some reason I am so scared to change it. I guess it’s a comfort and one that I know I need to change. I will get there…I will keep trying.

      By Camilla
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      July 6, 2021
      • Hi Camilla, I can relate. I was a 3-4 drinks of white wine per day. I read every article on what alcohol does to your mind & body. After work 2 glasses weekends 4 bottles. I’ve quit for various reasons in the past after the accomplishment I was back to my pretty wine glass and wineing down (pun intended). I realized it was an oral fixation for me and chilling with my pretty gold rim, cheery quotes, elegant crystal wine glasses was glamorous. After retiring at 58 I celebrated for two years in which 3-5 glasses turned into 2 bottles and a joint per day. I would have a private party everyday and enjoyed every minute of it. I am a believer in Christ Jesus have always had a personal relationship with my savior and I finally asked the LORD, why can’t I stop drinking and why do I enjoy it when I actually want to quit?!The Holy Spirit revealed to me that I was feeding my flesh that can never be satisfied. My flesh enjoyed what I gave it and it will die once I stop feeding it. WOW hallelujah moment. I began to see my flesh as a rabid dog (similar symptoms). I now put ice tea and flavored fresh fruit water in my wine glasses. I’ve been sober minded for 3 months and delivered for life. The cravings was instant as if I never dranked. Nobody but GOD! TMI “no more constipation.” My prayers are with us all. Grace and Mercy be unto you.

        By BJ Brookins
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        August 8, 2021
  • I like keeping track of the health benefits I get after one week, two weeks, three weeks etc…. of sobriety. Sleep better, decreasing risk of disease etc… but what happens to any of those benefits if you relapse for a night with 3 or 4 beers after 5 wks of sobriety? Do the benefits you finally started to acquire disappear and you have to start over again?

    By Carol
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    July 1, 2021
  • Anyone a daily drinker but liver is good?

    By In thought
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    July 3, 2021
  • 1 month AF, longest period of my adult life ( 34). Sleep better, get more done, lost ony 3 pound up to now. I was drinking over 100 units a week with constant body aches. Target set to go to Xmas.

    By Michael
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    July 6, 2021
  • First time on this website and really enjoyed reading comments from everyone. It’s been since Feb.11 2021 since I had a drink. Feeling great except like some other comments I thought I would loss weight but have actually gained due to my cravings….
    Ice Cream galore, Pralines & pecan, also carbs..
    Also feeling like I have arthritis in my knees and hands. Some one told me the alcohol was masking it …
    Other than that I’ve been feeling great and trusting in God and living one day at a time..

    By Melodie
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    July 11, 2021
  • Hi everyone. I have just started my AF journey because of cerebellum damage to my brain which the doctor thinks is alcohol related. Have already noticed improvement in my sleep and temperament. Fortunately I am not overweight so a few extra chocolates won’t hurt.

    By Kim McDowall
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    July 12, 2021
  • Hello!
    It is interesting, reading so many success stories! So many of you have focused long and hard for your own betterment. Remember that being alcohol free is a life choice. It is not a diet. This is your life, and your body needs you to stand up for it. Listen to your body’s needs and you will follow it’s messages, not your mind’s; the ego is a powerful thing. I did it and am still my old self again after 7 years. They have flown so quickly that I hardly know what’s happened in between, but I can tell you that an old habit never ever ever ever even gets tempted into entering the scene again. I decided, never again, I am the only speaker in my life, not some foreign substance. The only foreign I want in my life is languages and travel!

    So, here is the reason for my rant; I have been free of alcohol for 7 years now. Still, my stools are badly pale (light grey, pale yellow, sandy color), muddy or spongy looking. It is actually quite creepy. I have yet to have a normal poo. Recently, my fingernails have also changed, in that they sometimes appear blueish at the cuticle, but this comes and goes. But the worrying thing is that they are a normal light pink until the top third, at the end of the nail bed where they are a darker pink. Every single nail is like this, and have been for the better part of a year. The darker pink area is also visibly raised. I am almost 56, getting vertical normal ridges, quite deep ones at that.

    Does anyone have these same symptoms? Stool related to nail bed changes? I do not know what to think. About 2 years ago I relayed my query to my GP and he told me to not take it so seriously. He said everything looks fine.

    Help?

    By The Blue Bamboo
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    July 14, 2021
    • I have read some articles about nail color, and they all say there may be an underlying health issue. Same thing with the stool issue. I would definitely go see a different doctor for a second opinion. Good luck to you!

      By Christie
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      July 16, 2021
    • I’m not a Dr so don’t take this as medical advice but have read some vitamin/mineral deficiencies can cause nail defects. Perhaps a B-Multi might help? May be worth finding a good naturopath to get things in order. We all need different amounts of different things. They can give you herbs like milk thistle for your liver/digestion too and help correct any dysbiosis. Always good to reconsider your relationship with sugar as well. Fructose apparently has a similar effect on the liver as alcohol. More gently cooked veggies, beans and a little berries works for me

      By Miguel
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      July 17, 2021
    • Hello Blue Bamboo,
      2 years is a long time. Have you had any doctor visits, lab tests or x-rays since then? If not I would suggest that you go for an exam …..just to be on the safe side. Wishing you the best!

      By Rose
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      July 19, 2021
  • Does tapering work and will you have a seizure?

    By Sandra McLaughlin
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    July 16, 2021
    • It worked for me. I went from drinking very heavily every night to only a few, then down to a couple of drinks per night over a few months. Then to none. Buy plenty of fruit. The sugar cravings and dehydration are no joke.

      By Rebekkah
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      July 30, 2021
  • Now I M 35 years Was A Chronic Alchoholic for atleast 14 years ..Now Quit Alchohol since 5 months without Any Medication…On 3 rd March 2021 (last day of my Alchoholic life)when I see tears in mother due to mine Alchoholism then I realised that I’ll never ever touch Alchohol bcz every drop of Alchohol in my body will give Drop of tears in mom’s eye that day I promise to my mom n god that I will never ever take Alchohol in my life .My Mother is Reason for Quiet Of mine bad habit…. Thanks to god n mom ♥️👍🙏🎉

    By Shreekant
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    July 19, 2021
    • Day 9 today alcohol and nicotine free. Tomorrow is my 39th birthday.

      I feel alright, sleep is getting better after first 4 days of bad sleep. Sugar craving is through the roof. I also have started eating a lot more of everything.

      I am single and do not have a family of my own. Used alcohol and cigarettes to hide my broken heart from myself after a significant relationship failed 9 years ago. I want to love myself again and hopefully another.

      I no longer want to waste precious time drinking my life into numbness.

      By Emily
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      July 25, 2021
  • I had gone carefree for two years until my PCP had concern about my liver studies. I suffered a tragedy that no parent should suffer, which I used to justify my drinking. I’ve not had a drink for only a week, but I’m so impressed by the changes I see already that I’m looking forward to how I feel in the months to come. I did not like the vivid dreams and the difficulty falling asleep, but that has abated as well. I’m looking more forward to the differences I will see in myself than I did looking forward to that time in the evening that I set aside to start my evening of drinking.

    By Connie
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    July 24, 2021
  • Six weeks free from alcohol at the moment,one year is the goal!!

    By Dean
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    July 25, 2021
  • 7 weeks AF. 12 pounds shed, seems to have leveled off. Sleeping better with vivid dreams. Really realizing how much alcohol was slowing me down, overall. I feel better, with no fear of hangover.
    I feel enormous pride, and I’m making some other decisions that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Better nutrition, more consistent workouts. Reading daily.
    I miss beer quite a bit, but I like my new lifestyle a bit more.

    By Alan
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    July 29, 2021
    • I have been a boozer for over 40 years,heavily for the past 20.I was in the process of moving house,and their was no way I could deal with it all intoxicated.5 months in without booze and started to feel the affects on my body.lost 12 pounds,even though like many,now have an inexplicable craving for chocolate and ice-cream.my blood pressure is back to normal now after being very high before.I haven’t used any counselling or medication,I find fizzy water with a little cordial seems to keep my alcohol cravings down .like everyone says one day at a time.

      By Sy
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      August 2, 2021
    • I drink the 0% beers now Alan. I only have maybe one a night or one at lunch on a sunday or after doing the mowing etc. It tastes like beer, no booze.
      They everywhere in australia now. Not so sure on overseas

      By Lucas White
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      August 9, 2021
  • For the sugar cravings and dehydration, nothing beats fresh fruit for me. Best of luck to all!

    By Rebekkah
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    July 30, 2021
  • Its pretty clear that the person who wrote this does not know what the phuck they are talking about. I mean they have a sixth grade education and have never heard the word scholarly. However the content is nice. Don’t expect these great things though. Just being real.

    By Truf
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    August 4, 2021
  • It’s been 2 months now I can’t believe how deep I sleep at night. This benefit alone is sufficient motivation to go on.

    By Ntsiki
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    August 8, 2021
  • I had a death in the family this feb thatbsent me down a path of daily consumption of booze for about 5 months. More days then not I’d drink around 10 beers or 2 bottles of wine. Sometimes almost both. The worst thing is it didnt affect my university grades, my job or my home life. This was bad as no one knew and I didnt see it as an issue. Finally I started getting chest pains, my BP was crazy and I felt terrible. I realised I wasnt drinking out of grief anymore and was just drinking for the sake of drinking. 2 weeks sober. First week horrific withdrawals but now sleep has drastically improved, BP had dropped and eating habits have improved. Dreams are more vivid but I have started having relapse dreams… oh well. One day at a time.

    By Luke
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    August 9, 2021
  • Finally admitted to my family what was the worst kept secret. A bottle a night of red wine slowly became almost 2 bottles everyday. 7 nights a week. Blamed lockdown & other factors. It has caused me to do and say things that have fractured my family unit. 5 days now which is the longest in years without a night of drinking and no urge to drink anytime soon. I want to go back to having a glass of champagne with my wife and not hiding bottles around the street.

    By Steve
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    August 11, 2021
    • I’ve been a heavy drinker 30+ years. Decided last Wed to go to my doctor + get treated for past PTSD from trauma + head on car crash. It’s only 8 days in but the low dose meds are making me not feel like alcohol + im eating 1/4 as the anxiety + panic is going. Skin looks fresh, sleeping like a baby + feel back in control

      It was time.

      By Deb
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      August 13, 2021
    • I wish you all the success in the world. But a word of caution about ‘ just the one glass’ it doesn’t work for most people. It’s easier to abstain than regulate, take it from bitter experience. 28 days in to what I now believe will be my freedom. Was drinking 20 to 30 units per night, was beginning to take it’s toll after 30 years.

      By Col.
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      August 15, 2021
  • I am 4 weeks in!! Feeling really good, very active and positive, Weight loss is slow but my sleep is so much better and my choices , really hoping I can keep going for at least another 4 weeks 🤞

    By Georgia
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    August 12, 2021
  • Nearly nine months in and WOW– a couple of weeks ago I feel like it all gelled. I woke up a new person. My house is clean (mostly) and organized (80%). I wake up an hour earlier than I used to NOT TIRED and not hungover! I exercise regularly, walk the dog, remember appointments. I make to-do lists for my job to keep me on track. I have a domestic routine that involves getting all the tasks that were once impossible to even ponder– DONE! 10/10 would go AF again.

    By Greg Tompson
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    August 13, 2021
  • Gotta say, glad I realized what I was doing before it was too late. Drinking a six-pack every other night is definitely not moderation. But the thing is… The only reason I hadn’t quit was because the people around me were telling me I didn’t have to, or shouldn’t. “Nah, a beer every now and then is fine, you don’t have to quit!”

    Gotta say, didn’t really expect that from my grandparents, lol. But I’ve been off alcohol for 4 days now. For the last few days I was wondering why I was feeling sick, irritable, not getting hardly any sleep, cold sweats, the whole shabang. Then I looked up the symptoms for alcohol withdrawal and, surprise! That’s exactly it.

    All I have to say is thank god I didn’t let it get to the point where I actually feel like I need to drink. If I had known it was doing this to me I would have quit years ago (am 23 for those who are wondering)

    Looking forward to all the benefits, better sleep here I come!

    By Mikeal
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    August 15, 2021
  • Hello all, I’ve been sober since mid March and I’m curious as to what this smugness is about and how if manifest it’s self? I was pushing 300lbs + and have managed to get to 275lbs. I made the choice to cut out the sugar and carbs. I think that’s helping. Still working on the energy thing and thankfully my memory is improving. For a while I had to search for words to finish a simple sentence. Please someone advise on the smug thing. Thank you and much success to all on this amazing journey.

    By Wilby
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    August 15, 2021
  • 66 day’s Alcohol free and feel a whole lot better,my aim is to do one year!!

    By Dean
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    August 20, 2021
  • Hello everyone!

    Firstly, thank you Alyssa Sterry. Really interesting.

    I was wondering if you know what the effects are of having a drink after a long period of abstinence? Also, does having the ‘occasional’ (one beer a month) subvert the benefits of what you outlined in your article?

    I had my first drink in 3.5 months yesterday (a half pint of beer) and am curious to know whether I am undermining the health benefits of not drinking in any real sense…

    Thanks 🙂

    Jake

    By Jake
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    August 23, 2021
    • I also want to say congratulations to many of you that have posted! I think giving up drinking is an incredibly hard choice to make (until you’ve got no other option).

      I’ve never felt compelled to drink when alone, but have used it has a social lubricant for most of my adult life. It became less of an assistant and more of a curse as the years went by to the point I was making choices while under the influence that were having significant consequences on my life.

      Making the decision to not have alcohol as a major component in my life has been, I think, a bit of a revolution! However, I believe I’ve had it simpler than many of you so I just want to extend my congratulations and my best wishes. In my opinion, you’re literal supermen&women.

      I really recommend you search out the Recovery Radio Network and/or checkout Russell Brand’s book (and audiobook) ‘Recovery’. I believe both have been huge influences on who and where I am today.

      All the best

      Jake

      By Jake
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      August 23, 2021
  • At 8 months alcahol free, it has been an eye opening journey. Making me reflect on why I drank, what it was doing to me and my family and what had happened with alcahol in my parents lives, that still continues. Its a difficult journey, I won’t lie but oh my god, the feeling I have when asked what I want to drink and to be able to say with a sense of belief in myself that I actually DON’T drink any more. I’ve known for years my relationship with alcahol was mostly one sided, it took more than it gave me resulting in horrific hangovers, depression, sleep deprivation and a feeling of disgust that I was allowing this to control me, my free time and most importantly my children’s lives. I have found that changing your routine is absolutely key, so when you would normally drink, have something planned that will get you through this period. Get some nice drinks in, I found fizzy water with ginger cordial an absolute must, it gives you a back of the throat kick, put ice in a nice glass and its a refreshing drink, that gets you through. Brew Dog do great AF beers, you cannot tell they don’t contain alcahol. Read the blogs and listen to the podcasts “Alcahol explained” is a fantastic read, from a scientific approach, but easy to understand. Avoid social gatherings for a good while. I recently went to one, it was eye opening. The behaviour of people I know well whilst under the influence of vast amounts of alcahol was toe curling, things were said and done that cannot be un done and by some, non of it will be remembered. I no longer have to worry about this, its utterly life changing and it changes how you as a person view yourself, which is the most important thing. If alcahol is controlling you and you need to change it, plan ahead, write it all down, do some research and be kind to yourself. The benefits are incredible, the smug feeling is overwhelming and not to be underestimated. You are finally controlling what has controlled you. Hangover free days, utter joy. Weight loss, its patchy but does come, you’ve goto do some exercise, be prepared for this, as the huge amounts of crap you eat do replace some of the cravings. The cravings, they get less powerful and less often but still come, at least for me. Stick with it, go for a walk, think of how far you have come and the life you can have. Your worries and problems are still there, they still need to be dealt with, but with a clear head and guilt free mind are easier. It doesn’t solve everything, but it makes you be honest, it makes you look at your habits and realise we are responsible for our behaviour and the consequences. Dig deep, stay focused because if I can do this, you can also.

    By Annie B
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    August 23, 2021
  • I’m 3 months alcohol free. I don’t sleep well. I slept much better when I drank. I work and am in a good relationship for many years. I’m just bored. It was better before. My appetite has really increased. I don’t want to gain weight. I guess I’m replacing booze with food. Not good. At least I must be getting healthier (from what I’ve read in articles). Not really feeling it though.

    By D
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    September 3, 2021
  • 30 days today. I was a very heavy drinker. A liter of 80 proof bourbon a day. I had 2 mini strokes during the month of August. The last one put me in the hospital for 6 days. I knew I had to quit or would die soon. I chose to live and watch my granddaughter grow up. I sleep much better,bowel movement has returned to normal,and mental clarity has improved. My family and friends tell me I look healthier now. The thought of drinking again terrifies me. That fear is greater than any craving. I’m now looking forward to 60 days clean.

    By Rob
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    September 5, 2021
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