What physical changes happen when you stop drinking and when?
March 16, 2006 8:20 PM Subscribe
If I were to stop drinking, what would happen physically, and when would I notice?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am contemplating becoming teetotal for a while, partly in order to improve my fitness for a forthcoming sporting event at Easter, but mostly just to see what happens.
I currently drink half a bottle of wine most nights (ie 4 or 5 nights a week). Sometimes less; sometimes more. I drink beer or spirits maybe every couple of weeks. I don't feel any ill-effects from this regime except on those quite rare occasions when I get past the one bottle mark, and I'm reasonably physically fit already (36yo male, 174 cm, 81kg, 15% bf, lots of aerobic exercise, blah blah). No health problems apart from a couple of teensy weensy gallstones which haven't troubled me for a year. I've been drinking at this level since 30 or so; in fact I would say that I have moderated my drinking over that time.
If I stopped drinking right now, what changes might I expect to see, and when?