Giving up on alcohol may be challenging and may have many withdrawal symptoms, but the benefits of giving up alcohol are many and can be worth the effort. If you are trying to give up the habit, here’s what you can expect after you quit alcohol.

You do not overeat: According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition alcohol can cause you to overeat [1]. Even mild intoxication can make your hypothalamus more sensitive to the smell of food, prompting you to eat.

You get sound sleep: According to a study published in the Journal Alcoholism, drinking alcohol before bed increases alpha wave patterns in your brain keeping you awake and leading to disrupted sleep [2]. So, if you quit alcohol, you will have more sound sleep.

You lose weight: According to HealthifyMe, just one margarita contains 300 calories, so you naturally end up consuming an additional 400-500 calories on the days you drink. So if you cut alcohol from your diet, you will begin to lose a lot of weight.

You have clear skin: Alcohol is a diuretic and causes you to urinate more often. So, just within a few days of quitting drinking, you will see that your skin feels hydrated. Skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema and rosacea may also improve, says dermatologist Dr Sejal Shah.

You crave sugar: Alcohol boosts the levels of chemical dopamine which fuels feelings of pleasure and so does sugar. So it is possible that when you give up alcohol, you will be likely to reach for sugary foods say nutritionist Priya Kathpal.

You may have mood swings: When you stop drinking alcohol, you may feel agitated and restless but don’t worry about it as it is only a withdrawal syndrome. There will be times when your mood will get a hit, but it will settle in a few days after quitting alcohol.

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