Annually 33% of all alcoholics in the USA make an attempt to quit this addiction. However, only 18% of them get to total recovering alcoholics get to restrain them from drinking for 12 months. Everyone knows that getting drunk is not a good habit and wants to quit it. But what exactly are the reasons not to drink alcohol? Here, we will take a deep look at the top 10 ways it creates a negative impact on your daily life.
1. Affects Mental Health
Sadly many people get drunk because of their poor mental health, but they are unaware of the fact that alcohol only makes their situation worse than before. Even though alcohol can make you feel better quickly, its long-term side effects are much more dangerous. Even if you are recovering from your depression, alcohol might become an obstacle in it.
Alcoholic people with mental health issues are likely to get more panic attacks than others. Especially if the anxiety does not get cured on time, it may also get permanent for the rest of your life.
2. Change in Weight
Excessive use of alcohol can make you lose weight. Even though there are many people who want to lose some of their weight, this is certainly not the way because it makes you lose fat and other weight that can be useful for your body.
Sometimes, it may also result in sudden weight gain that might not be compatible with the body. You should know that there are two types of fat good and bad fat. However, once alcohol gets into your body, it can not discriminate between these two and kill every cell that comes in its way.
3. Makes you Age Faster
Getting drunk once in a while might not make you appear as an old person. But once you get addicted to it, then alcohol accelerates the aging procedures within your body. It makes the body release more stress hormones which also leads to poor mental health.
Alcohol also causes a large amount of damage to the skin’s health and makes it difficult for alcohol to absorb essential nutrients. All these add up and make wrinkles and fine lines appear on your face. In short, if you do not want to get older fast, quitting drinking can be a good consideration for you.
4. Poor Sleep
Usually, people get drunk to sleep, and it also works in the short term. However, alcohol consumption only makes alcoholics’ situation worse and makes them struggle more in the long run. Especially, if drinking alcohol before getting to bed would make you get frequently awaken after every few hours. It leads to fragmented sleep, and you may also feel fatigued the next day.
In several research papers, it is found that people who drink a lot and have a poor sleep pattern have a higher chance of getting into alcohol-related harms and also build a risk-taking behavior.
5. Dehydrates your Body
Drinking alcohol on a frequent basis can lower your anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) levels. ADH is directly responsible for maintaining a certain amount of water within your body. However, once it gets decreased, you will feel urination more frequently which leads to dehydration.
The worst thing about it is that you will not even know if you need water and end up with a dry mouth and also feel dizziness from time to time. If you do not quit it and keep consuming it consistently, you are more than likely to have a greater risk of kidney and liver damage.
6. Memory Damage
If you consume alcohol consistently, it can damage the hippocampus part of the brain. This part is the point in our brain through which we learn and memorize things. Once it gets damaged, reversing it is not easy.
This damage heavily affects both short-term and long-term memory. Plus, if you are a student or starting out your career, it will also make learning harder for you. What makes it worst is that you do not need to drink too much for it. Even a small quantity with consistency can make up for all these consequences.
7. Poor Immune Health
Most alcoholics experience extremely poor immune health. It is due to several factors, including that once it enters your body, it can pass through cells damaging them and adding no real value to the body.
It also sends a signal to the body that it does not need to fight against specific infections, which makes you prone to poorer overall health. If not cured on time, this is likely to become a bigger and life-threatening disease of the liver, heart, kidney, or any other major organ.
8. Road Accidents
In the USA alone, 1 person dies in 45 minutes in a road accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Despite all reasons, the top-most cause is that alcohol slows the reaction of its drinker. It includes both physical and brain reaction time.
When an alcoholic gets in a position where he needs to make a quick decision on the road, they are more than likely to make no decision at all and end up in a disastrous accident.
9. It Affects your Mental Focus
Most people believe that alcohol only affects mental clarity while they are drunk, but this is nothing more than a myth. Drinking alcohol can make you feel dizzy and unfocused for a lot longer. It can even hit you as a surprise after a day or two.
However, such surprising brain fogs mostly happen due to getting drunk out more than usual or out of routine.
10. Regretting the next morning
After overdrinking, people usually lose control over themselves, and most people regret what they do during this period. It is common for people too drunk to text and overshare things that they would never want to.
Other than that, many people also get their credit cards maxed out with no idea of how all of that happened. It can also break a strong relationship. In other words, if you do not want to feel sorry about similar actions, you should reconsider your decision to get drunk.
All of these are only a few reasons from millions why you should not get drunk. You can just get rid of its effects in a day or two. Most of its impacts can last long, much longer than most people expect. Thus, if you want to live a good healthy life both mentally and physically, you should consider quitting it as soon as possible.
I am a passionate beer connoisseur with a deep appreciation for the art and science of brewing. With years of experience tasting and evaluating various beers, I love to share my opinions and insights with others and I am always eager to engage in lively discussions about my favorite beverage.