How Sobriety Affects Your Mind and Body

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Have you ever thought about going sober? It’s time you finally think about going on alcohol detoxification. It seems intimidating – especially when everyone around you drinks – but the benefits of sobriety are worth it. So how does sobriety affect your mind and body anyway? Here are eight ways going sober can transform you:

Helps strengthen your immune system

Your immune system is what keeps us from getting sick. It’s what fights off bacteria and infections. Alcohol can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off infections. Hence, making you more susceptible to disease and viruses. In a time like this, when we face a global pandemic, keeping your immune system at peak performance is of high priority. Going sober can help your immune system recover. But staying sober will help strengthen it even more.

You will feel more energetic

Alcohol weakens your immune system. By staying sober and strengthening your immune system, you also end up feeling more energetic. Because of drinking, you end up having horrible hangovers as well. Hangovers can significantly affect your energy. If you don’t drink, you can avoid having hangovers, and you won’t have to go through the horrible feeling of having a hangover.

You will have fewer toxins in your body

Alcohol is a toxin that doesn’t belong in your body. Once you take that first sip of alcohol, your organs –– primarily your liver – work hard to break down these toxins to flush them out. Your body continues this process of flushing out till all the toxins are released. This process can cause your organs to wear out and potentially destroy them in the long run. By going sober, you give your organs a rest and you avoid the adverse outcomes of long-term drinking.

Your skin will get better

Alcohol dehydrates your body, which then results in dehydrating your skin. It can also cause your skin to be more inflamed, making you look puffier. Your skin also takes a while to recover from alcoholism. Up until the next day, your skin will still be dehydrated. It will take at least a week of being sober for your skin to start getting better.

Sleeping gets easier

Drinking messes with your sleeping pattern. Having nights out with friends also causes a lack of sleep. Messing up your sleeping pattern also confuses your body-clock. When your body clock gets confused, it becomes more difficult to sleep. By staying sober, you can repair your body clock and get back your regular sleeping patterns. Not only will sleeping get easier, but getting the right amount of sleep will affect how you feel throughout the day as well.

You become more self-aware, and you remember more

Alcohol helps you get rid of emotions you don’t want to feel. It’s that floating care-free feeling that you get while drinking that makes alcohol so fun. You’ve probably experienced blacking out while drinking a couple of times before too. Did you know that alcohol affects your brain’s frontal cortex? The frontal cortex is in charge of our memories. Drinking damages it making it harder for you to recover specific memories. But being sober can help repair your brain’s frontal cortex. Wouldn’t you much rather spend time with your loved ones and not forget the extraordinary times that you had?

Your mental health will improve

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Alcohol is a depressant. This statement is misleading at first because alcohol boosts the serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Serotonin and dopamine are the neurotransmitters that are in charge of making you feel good. The reason why alcohol is a depressant is that in the long run, it damages your serotonin system. Continuous consumption of alcohol can cause mood disorders. By being sober, you can avoid damaging your serotonin system.

Your brain will grow

Did you know that alcohol shrinks the brain? Studies have shown that drinking has caused the gray matter of your mind to decline. However, deciding to become sober can help increase your brain matter. That’s right. It helps grow your brain.

All in all, the only way to get rid of the adverse effects of alcohol is by getting rid of alcohol itself. Deciding to go sober is always a great decision. Not only will it transform your mind and body, but it will change your life entirely as well. When you decide to become sober, you will experience life more fully. You will start noticing things about you and the people around you that you hadn’t realized before. Things will be clearer, and you will have more control over your life.

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