The fun and games times that are sometimes associated with alcohol consumption often pale in comparison to the potential negative effects of long-term usage. Individuals that have struggled with an addiction to alcoholic beverages know, all too well, how easily a seemingly harmless drink with friends can turn into an all-out binge with serious consequences to the drinker.
The individual that decides to discontinue their use of alcohol may feel this to be easier said than done. The truth is, breaking a habit or addiction to alcohol is extremely difficult. But anyone that has experienced the life-improvements that came along with ending a problem with drinking will readily attest that the following six reasons made it well worth the effort.
The absence of alcohol means no more of the headaches, upset stomachs, and other symptoms the morning after a heavy night of drinking. Individuals that have used alcohol for a significant length of time may initially suffer from alcohol withdrawal.
The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can last a few days or a few weeks and are very uncomfortable. But the short-term suffering will seem like nothing when the drinker experiences countless blissful mornings without hangovers.
Drinkers are often unaware of how much money they spend on alcohol. A single can of beer or bottle of wine may not seem like much of an insult when considered alone. However, daily purchases of these products can quickly become a drain to personal finances. Alcohol can become even more expensive if it also brings with it legal problems, property damage, or personal injury.
A number of positive health benefits are available to the individual that decides to abstain from alcohol. A major issue with drinking alcohol is the effect the substance has on the liver. When consumed over time alcohol can be extremely damaging to the liver and may cause conditions like fatty liver, cirrhosis, or hepatitis. The good news is the liver is a very resilient organ that will begin the process of healing as soon as the individual stops drinking.
Alcoholic beverages are extremely high in calories. To make matters worse, these are empty calories that provide no nutritional value to the drinker. These calories add up over time, and most long-time drinkers will show the effects with ten or more added pounds, usually in unwanted places.
The person that decides to remove alcohol beverages from their diet will begin to shed some of the unwanted pounds that drinking has added to their bodies.
The cardiovascular system will also benefit when alcohol use is discontinued. Blood pressure increases can be reversed, and there is a decreased likelihood for cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and heart attack.
Improved Social Life
Heavy drinkers are often isolated from friends and loved ones. This can happen for multiple reasons, but the fact is most people do not enjoy the company of a drunk. Friendships, partnerships, and even marriages have been dissolved due to the heavy drinking of an individual.
Sobriety will provide the ex-drinker with the opportunity to once again have meaningful relationships with other human beings. Ex-drinkers will be better spouses and parents, enjoy time with friends and family members, and become a helpful member of their community. Also, the feelings of loneliness they have felt will begin to go away.
The behavior many individuals exhibit when they drink too much will likely cause a lot of people to shy away from them. The alienation of others is not the intent of their behavior, but many problem drinkers hurt others when under the influence of alcohol.
Abstinence from alcohol provides the opportunity to forgive oneself and earn the forgiveness of others. Ex-drinkers will be glad to know that, for the most part, the many people they have offended while drinking will be more than willing to allow them to make amends.
The devastating effects that alcohol abuse can have on an individual have been well-chronicled. However, no one knows this better than the individual abusing the substance. Problem drinkers will often know they should put an end to the drinking but often struggle with the decision. The six reasons above provide more than enough benefits for the problem drinker to know that their decision to stop is the correct one. This will provide much more happiness to them than they ever received from beer, wine, or spirits.
If you feel the desire to stop drinking in order to improve your life but don’t know how to go about doing, seek some spiritual guidance on the matter. A simple energy healing session can begin the process today and our intuitive readings will help you on your way!