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Life After Alcoholism

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Some people think of sobriety as a burden, but the truth is that it offers hope, freedom and peace.


Alcohol addiction is—quite simply—a loss of control over your drinking.

And while there is a long list of benefits that come along with sobriety (which we’ll get to in a minute), the biggest may be that you once again are in control of your own life. You go to bed having lived the day the way you wanted to. You wake up feeling good and guilt-free. You aren’t compromising your health, your relationships or your peace of mind.

The Other Benefits of Being Alcohol Free

It’s hard to put these in any particular order, because they’re all such game-changers, so we’ll just go with alphabetical:

  • Friends. Drinkers tend to attract drinkers as friends. But how much do you really have in common? Those in recovery often find that they make friends at AA meetings, at the gym or while pursuing new hobbies.
  • Health. You’re not only giving your liver a break, you’re also decreasing your chances of several kinds of cancer, including mouth, liver, breast, colon and rectum.
  • Money. The specifics vary wildly, of course, but you could easily drop anywhere from $5 to $300 a night (if you’re buying).
    Skin. Because you’ll be better hydrated, you may notice a new glow to your skin. Other skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema may improve.
  • Sleep. You may fall asleep faster when drinking, but studies have proven that overall quality of sleep is much better for non-drinkers.
  • Weight Loss. Drinking definitely adds calories to your diet. In fact, one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men consume an extra 433 calories on days they drink, while women consume 300 more.

Who wouldn’t want to be healthier, look better and have more friends and money? But at the end of the day, the biggest benefit for many—as we said earlier—is far less tangible. It’s that you are no longer a slave to alcohol. You’re in control.

Guilt is replaced by hope, freedom and peace.

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