I Gave Up Drinking for Two Months. Here’s What Happened.

I quit drinking for two months this fall after a very booze-soaked summer. Here’s what I noticed.

We all know thatgood things happen to your body when you cut the alcohol, but for me these benefits didn’t feel concrete enough. I like unwinding from a long day with a glass of wine and ordering a few beers when I’m seeing my favorite band play. I didn’tsee a need to change myglass (or two)-of-wine-a-day habituntil last fall.

Over the summer, my husband and I went to a week-long music festival, and after a week of heavy drinking, I felt like my body needed some time to bounce back. I didn’t get back to town and say, “I’m going to quit drinking for two months!”It actually began as just a week off, and I kept going, because I felt so good.

4 Things that Happened when I Quit Drinking

Giving up drinking saved more money than I expected!

1. I saved money.

This seems obvious, but some of the savings still surprised me. When you quit drinking, you know that you’re going to save moneyby not buyingalcohol. What you may not consider is that it willsave money on cabs and Lyft rideswhen you’re going out, becauseyou can volunteer to be the designated driver.

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2. I lost some weight.

Alcoholcontains a lot of calories. If you’redrinking one glass of red wine a day, for example,it adds up toalmost 600 calories a week. That’s not a huge amount of calories, but over a couple of months, itmeant that I lost some weight without consciously changing anything else about my diet or exercise habits.

Alcohol can also cause people to make poor food choices,so while I wasn’t trying to eat healthier, there’s a pretty good chance that better decision-making about eveningssnacks could have played intothat weight loss.

I quit drinking for two months this fall after a very booze-soaked summer. Here's what I noticed.

3. I woke up feeling spry.

Alcohol is dehydrating, and I didn’t realize how much that was impacting my mornings. Not only was I skipping that moisture-sapping glass of wine, I was hydrating even more, because I replaced it with seltzer, tea or some other non-alcoholic “special drink“. That hydration double-whammydid wonders for mywake-ups.

Even one or two drinks in the evenings alsoimpacts the quality of your sleep. A drink near bedtime may help you fall asleep, but once you’re snoozing, it messes with your REM sleep. Without that evening drink or two, I was sleeping more deeply, and that certainly helped in the wake-up department.

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4. I got more productive.

I’m a work-at-home mom, so I do the bulk of my freelance work in the mornings, while my son is at daycare, and thenfinish things up in the evenings, after he’s in bed.

Being more hydrated and sleeping better meant waking up feeling energetic and ready to get right down to the nitty gritty. I churned out a lot more work during those precious morning hours. And skipping that glass of wine in the evenings meant that I was getting more done after my kid was asleep.

At this point, I still have an occasional drink on special occasions, but I am loving the benefits of cutting way, way back onalcohol.

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65 comments

natasha p
natasha p2 days ago

Great info. Drinking is bad.

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Janis K
Janis K14 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Leo C
Leo C14 days ago

Thank you for posting!

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Wendy Harris
Wendy Harris14 days ago

I gave up alcohol 30 yrs ago when I stopped smoking as I associated one with the other. I occasionally wish I could have a drink socially and to 'unwind' but I can't tolerate it now, even the minute amount in herbal meds. And no, I don't feel wonderful!

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Mike R
Mike R14 days ago

Thanks

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Freya H
Freya H15 days ago

I gave up drinking once. It was the worst hour of my life. :D

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Amanda M
Amanda M15 days ago

Thanks for Sharing

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Amanda M
Amanda M15 days ago

Thanks for Sharing

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Leo C
Leo C15 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Donna T
Donna T15 days ago

thank you

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