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What REALLY Happens To Your Body When You Give Up Alcohol For A Month?

  • "New year, new me!" At the beginning of 2018, you will probably see many people challenge themselves to either completely give up the booze, or stop drinking so much

  • The team here at Muscle Food HQ feel the same way after the office party, so we were curious... What really happens to your body when you shun the booze?

  • We take a look at what happens to your body over an alcohol-free month

  • Are you going alcohol-free in 2018? Tell us in the poll at the bottom

alcoholic drinks

Hangovers and the feeling of regret are common after what initially seemed as a fun, heavy night out.

The common statement amongst those of us on a team night out is something along the lines of “I really should not have drunk that much.”

And no matter how many times you say the words “I am never drinking again,” chances are you will find yourself in the same situation a few weeks later…

At least we know that to be the case for some people on the team here at Muscle Food HQ.

To combat this in 2018, some of us have made the resolution to not drink so much - whilst others are planning to cut the booze altogether.

The beer is tempting, don’t get me wrong, but after finding out exactly what good things happen to your body after binning the booze, we’re not looking back! So sit back, crack open your non-alcoholic Post Workout Isotonic Beer, and read what happens to your body.

Within 24 hours of drinking


You’ve probably woken up with a beasty hangover from that previous big night. In this moment, your body might start to suffer sweats or tremors as you want to do a whole load of nothing!

After this initial period, you’ll start to ‘detox,’ as your blood sugar returns to normal, you’ll reap the benefits of a clear head and say hello to the extra money in your wallet.

Just think of how much you spend on a night - £20 for me (yes I’m a lightweight). And if I’m going out every week, deciding to stoop will save me £1,040 in a year!

Within the week

bad night's sleep

Simply put, you’ll have a much better night’s sleep.

Since alcohol is a diuretic, your body is both encouraged to go to the bathroom and drink more water – due to the higher levels of fluid lost through sweating.

No more getting up for toilet breaks + no more dehydration = improved sleeping patterns.

Within a fortnight

alcohol stomach

Did you know that Alcohol irritates your stomach lining?

If you’ve ever felt a burning sensation in your throat while drinking, that’s the result of a reflux – where stomach acid actually burns your throat.

Within a fortnight, that feeling will be gone and your stomach will feel MUCH better. Alongside this, you will start to reap the benefits of kicking out those empty calories.

As you can see in our previous post about calories in booze, you’d have to work out a lot to get rid of these. Make things easier for yourself by just cutting out the alcohol.

Within 3-4 weeks

blood pressure

Getting hammered raises your blood pressure.

Over time, the calories in alcohol don’t just make you gain weight, the effect of this also ramps up your blood pressure.

By this point in shunning the drinks, you’ll start to feel calmer as your blood pressure will reduce.

Within a month

blood pressure

So you’re coming to the end of your month without booze. Turns out you may not want to stop as you WILL look visibly better.

The toxins in Alcohol make your skin saggy and more susceptible to premature ageing.

After a month without booze in your system, the elasticity in your skin will return.

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