What happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol for an hour, a week or a month?

When you stop drinking alcohol for a week or a month you can expect the following benefits:

One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘what happens when you stop drinking?” There are so many benefits of not drinking alcohol, some of those benefits include;

  • Sleeping more deeply and your physical and mental energy increases as a result.
  • Your skin begins to look dewier and more youthful as hydration restores.
  • Weight loss and improved fitness.
  • Improved moods and a feeling of contentedness.
  • And so many more!

What happens when you quit drinking: Alcohol timeline

Quitting drinking timeline: Day one to year one

Quitting alcohol comes with so many amazing benefits!

You will start to notice improvements in your overall health from week one. As you continue on your path of being alcohol-free, you will notice your body becoming a well optimised machine.

In this blog post we are going to look at what happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol from the very first hour all the way through to a year of giving up alcohol.

If you’re booze free newbie, and have not done a bit of time alcohol-free, you may be wondering what to expect. What will your mind and body be doing during this time? So for the curious and nervous, here are some answers.

The inescapable fact is boozing causes a lot of health issues plus foul moods, crazy sugar cravings, poor sleep, unpleasant toilet habits and poor concentration. Booze also massively contributes to depression and anxiety.

Whilst we seek its numbing qualities to ease mood, booze is playing a cruel game. It is medically classed as a depressant, and over time it depresses your natural body chemistry and leads to that gnawing anxiety and heaviness.

Short term benefits

The good news is our bodies LOVE being booze-free and respond really quickly. The lift in mood and depression is one to the key reasons people continue to stay booze free with the help of OYNB – because the natural high feels so damn good!

The benefits of giving up alcohol for a month

If you're giving up alcohol for a month and are wondering what the health benefits will be, One Year No Beer has outlined the positive changes you can expect to see over the first 4 weeks when you stop drinking alcohol. Across the month of not drinking alcohol, your body is likely to have benefitted greatly from giving up alcohol. Better hydration and improved sleep will have increased your productivity and daily wellbeing.

What happens to your body in the first few days? 

1 – 12 HOURS 

An hour after your last drink, your liver starts working overtime, clearing the alcohol from your bloodstream to prevent alcohol poisoning. Yep! Booze is poison and the liver has to alter its chemical structure so it doesn't kill us – changing alcohol to acetaldehyde and then acetate.
Acetaldehyde, a highly toxic substance and a known carcinogen, so although acetaldehyde exists in the body only for a brief time before it is further broken down into acetate, it has the potential to cause significant damage. You may experience nausea and tremor as your body deals with all this. Arghhh. At the time your pancreas also starts producing extra insulin, which causes intense carb cravings.

12-24 HOURS

Your blood sugar has potentially normalised, if you haven’t created a glycemic roller-coaster by sugar and carb binging. To rebalance, eat healthy foods and drink lots of water.

48 -72 HOURS

For most, the worst is over by now. Although you may still feel groggy and tired depending on how much booze your body had to process. If however, you had a bigger booze problem than you realised then sweating, increased pulse, tremor, anxiety and agitation may continue or kick in a this time. A serious alcohol problem may need medical support from your GP to prevent fits or DTs.


Any hangover side effects are now officially out of your system, you finally feel back to yourself physically and mentally. And to think this is only 72 hours into your quest to stop drinking alcohol for a month.


What happens when you stop drinking alcohol for a week? 

When you stop drinking alcohol for a week:

  • You start sleeping more deeply and your physical and mental energy to increase as a result.
  • Your skin begins to look dewier and more youthful as hydration restores.
  • Skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema, and rosacea may also improve.

Sleep & hydration 

After only one week of not drinking you will be making better decisions as well as benefiting from improved learning and problem solving. You will also find yourself feeling more creative. Even if you don't have a huge appetite you will find your eating pattern improving day by day.

One of the most obvious benefits for not drinking alcohol for a week is that your body will be hydrated. This means you will have more energy, increased physical performance and you will be experiencing less headaches. 

Calories & money saved

 As well as the mental and physical benefits of not drinking alcohol, your wallet will also be feeling fuller.

  • Wine drinkers can expect to save around £22.
  • Beer drinkers would save £18 for giving up alcohol for a week. 

Benefits of not drinking alcohol for 2 weeks

The benefits of not drinking alcohol for 2 weeks include;

  •  No more acid reflux
  • Stomach lining returns to normal 
  • Continued sleep and hydration improvements

Noticeable weight loss 

Now that you have quit drinking for two weeks, your body will be improving on the inside and you will be starting to look different on the outside too. You will have saved 2160 calories (six pints or six 175ml glasses of wine on average) by giving up alcohol for two weeks.

Drinking 12 pints of beer in two weeks is the equivalent to eating ten large slices of cake, 2160 calories. 

Total money saved now from giving up alcohol for two weeks, £45 for wine and £35 for beer. 

What happens to your body when you stop drinking: Week 3

 The benefits of not drinking alcohol for 3 weeks;

  • Reduced risk of stroke and heart problems
  • Better kidney health 
  • Improved vision  

Congrats! 3 weeks of giving up alcohol is no mean feat! It is well known that drinking too much alcohol can lead to increased blood pressure. Now that you have stopped drinking for three weeks your blood pressure will start to reduce. This is one of the most important benefits of not drinking alcohol.  

Calories & money Saved

 Now you will have saved yourself a very healthy

  • £54 if you average 6 beers a week
  • £67 if you consume 6 glasses of wine a week over the last three weeks.

You could put that saved cash to good use and start a gym membership to help burn off all the extra energy you have since you have had no alcohol for three weeks. 


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 The benefits of no alcohol for a month

What happens when you stop drinking for 4 weeks?

  • Reduce liver fat by up to 15%
  • Better looking skin
  • More likely to have reduced drinking for 6 months after the end of your challenge

Another health benefit from giving up alcohol for a month is improved liver function. After four weeks of no drinking your liver will start to shed excess fat. With the liver playing a part in over 500 vital processes, you also give your body a better chance of removing contaminants, converting food nutrients, storing minerals and vitamins.

Giving up alcohol for a month will have a positive impact on your skin due to your increased hydration levels. You could even reward yourself with an alcohol free beer one night, which are also lower in calories and there are now so many to choose from. 

Calories & money saved

 You will also have reduced your calorie intake by 3840 for the month, if you used to drink six glasses of 175ml wine a week, or 4320 calories over the month if you used to drink six pints of lager a week.  

For your bank balance that equates to saving:

  • Over £70 if you drink beer
  • And just under £90 by giving up wine for a month. 

What happens when you give up alcohol for a month?

Your liver fat reduces by up to 20%, allowing it to flush toxins out of the body more efficiently.

Your cholesterol (a risk factor in heart disease) drops up to 5% and your glucose stabilises (decreasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes). All the inward changes begin to show through in a healthy glow of the skin and eyes. Read this link from New Scientist for full-blown lab results of body changes a month off booze.


Long term benefits of not drinking

Benefits of not drinking alcohol for 3 months or more

There is a lot to expect when you stop drinking for 3 months. Alcohol is related to 7 different cancer types.

By giving up alcohol for 3 months you reduce your chances of getting cancer. 

What happens to your body when you stop drinking for a year?

After a year of not drinking, you and your life will be transformed.

At OYNB we’ve been on this journey with 100s who’ve gone long-term booze-free and we see it every time:

* Weight loss and improved fitness
* Improved moods and a feeling of contentedness
* Better relationships
* Increased productivity and focus at work
* More pound in the pocket (if you spent an average of £75 a week on boozing at home and going-out, thats a saving of £3900 over a year)
* Ability to absorb vitamins and minerals increases
* Reduced risk of cancer and decreased stress levels
* Quicker immune response

What to expect when you stop drinking? Everything gets better booze free

Take a break from drinking today

We could go on. It seems no area of life is untouched.  

In fact, if there was a pill that could do all this, it would be called A WONDER DRUG. When in actual fact, the magic formula comes from simply going booze free. Give it try.  Take a challenge and go booze free with OYNB.  

It will change your life.

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