When you stop drinking, you can start to see positive effects in your body almost immediately. Within 12-24 hours, the detoxification process begins, which means alcohol starts to expel from your system and your blood sugar normalises.
Depending on how much you drink, you may notice withdrawal symptoms within the first day or so off drinking – things like sweating, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Make sure you drink plenty of water, exercise (even a little!), and fill your body with nutritious food while it adjusts.
Speaking of water, within a week you’ll likely start to feel more hydrated. Your skin is likely to clear up (bye bye, breakouts!) and your lips may regain their natural plumpness, and be less prone to cracking.
Weight loss can also occur when you stop drinking. Not only are you cutting out empty calories, but alcohol also prevents your body from effectively burning fat, and can lead to less healthy food choices (experts have reasoned that we crave fatty food after drinking because it provides the most calories for the least effort).
By the end of a month off alcohol, your blood pressure can begin to stabilise, and your cholesterol and liver fat can decrease. Win-win.