8 Reasons Why You Should Stop Drinking Alcohol Immediately

Written by on February 25, 2018 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health, Prevention with 36 Comments


By Vandita | We Are Anonymous

If you are an alcoholic who consciously wants to stop drinking but can’t; a heavy drinker who never gives any thought to whether or not you are drinking too much, or a social drinker who believes that drinking is important, compelling you to continue with the addiction – these 8 reasons will convince you to quit drinking the poison right away, come what may.

Alcohol Causes Cancer

American Cancer Society says the amount of alcohol consumed over time, not the type of alcoholic beverage, is the most important factor in raising cancer risk. Alcohol is a known cause of cancers of the Mouth, Throat (pharynx), Voice box (larynx), Esophagus, Liver, Colon and Rectum, Breast, and Pancreas. For each of these cancers, the risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.

Related Article: 6 Great Reasons To Give Up Alcohol

The International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen. In its Report on Carcinogens, the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen.

Every year, alcohol causes 4% of cancers in the US and the UK.

Alcohol Contributes To Vitamin D Deficiency

Alcohol interferes with the pancreas and affects the liver – both of which are important to absorb and activate calcium, and vitamin D, which amongst other things, helps build and maintain strong bones.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, alcoholism can lead to malnutrition [becausealcohol suppresses the appetite], which leads to inadequate intake and absorption of food and nutrients. For this reason, even heavy drinkers who consume high levels of nutrient-rich food, fail to get the full benefit of those nutrients.

Alcohol Affects B-12 Absorption

Drinking alcohol, even in moderation, can have profound effects on the way your body absorbs vitamin B-12, the deficiency of which leads to heart attack and stroke, megaloblastic anemia, fatigue, shortness of breath, tingling and numbness in the extremities, headache, dementia, disorientation, loss of concentration and memory, and even death.

Alcohol Destroys Liver – Forever

Between 10 and 20% of heavy drinkers develop liver cirrhosis – severe scarring and disruption of the normal structure of the liver not reversible with abstinence. Alcohol abuse is one of the three most common causes of cirrhosis of the liver in the US; according to the National Institutes of Health, liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death by disease.

Alcohol Is A Depressant

Some people use alcohol to calm their nerves, to soothe their anxiety and to relieve stress. But alcohol is not a medication. Alcohol is a depressant, which actually worsens anxiety by changing the levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain; that’s why some people feel more anxious after the alcohol wears off.

Alcohol Impairs Memory

Blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory, and black-outs – these are some of alcohol’s damaging effects on the brain. Men drinking 2.5 or more alcoholic beverages daily at midlife, are more likely to experience more rapid mental losses over the next decade, than light or moderate drinkers.

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Alcohol Irritates Digestive System

Alcohol can damage the inner lining of the stomach, the pancreas, liver, and gallbladder; alter the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract; and lead to abdominal discomfort, stomachaches, heartburn, and acid reflux.


Alcohol Affects Sleep Quality

While many drinkers would argue that alcohol helps them fall asleep a little faster, researchers at the University of Melbourne have found that alcohol just before sleep can lead to poorer quality slumber.  You’re more likely to wake up during the night, and may not feel as rested following your sleep.

“People tend to feel that alcohol helps them fall asleep a little quicker, and therefore people associated that with helping them sleep. But when you actually go and look at what is happening while they sleep, the quality of that sleep isn’t good.”

And, just so you know, lack of good quality sleep can mess with your genes – insufficient sleep and circadian rhythm disruption are associated with negative health outcomes, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive impairment.

Know Your Limits, BUT Be Sensible

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. But with alcohol, the line between “moderate use” and “dangerous use” can be a thin one.


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  1. 164423140560781@facebook.com' Quezley Stitch Snipes says:


  2. 1105637222791654@facebook.com' Mikey L. Rafanakisz says:

    Ha…Ain’t quttin anytime soon

  3. 10208521667983260@facebook.com' Christie Ley says:

    I have my glass of wine, beer, or specially made cocktail on occasion. That will not stop.

  4. 10207758227627981@facebook.com' Erolyn Pili-Aguilar says:

    Apollo Aguilar

  5. 10206673497088744@facebook.com' Darlene Sommars says:

    I will be having my glass of wine when I return home from work today 🙂

  6. 217499941943141@facebook.com' Thomas Smith says:

    It’s better than no sleep

  7. 797957737004480@facebook.com' Justin Fischer says:

    So many reasons for me never to touch another drop.
    Mainly dying though, that’s a good one.

  8. 144674799230818@facebook.com' Carol Webb says:

    There’s 100s of reasons not to touch alcohol at all….

  9. 1010491349072273@facebook.com' Caoimhin Stiofan Krueger says:

    Very true …i noticed that when i drank i hadnt gotten a good proper sleep as a result i felt off even if the hangover wasnt harsh i felt more worn out..and the night after i slept extra heavy and slept longer as well..it wasnt till that next full deep sleep that i felt back to normal

  10. 183445805374686@facebook.com' Pov Mazozi says:

    Good post.

  11. 1136449596378454@facebook.com' Hector Luna says:

    No! Hands off my booze!!! Haha jk

  12. 10154075033237351@facebook.com' Tracie Cherpeski says:

    I have at least one drink a night and I really think it helps me settle me down where I can relax.

  13. 10207336532723508@facebook.com' David Andrew Foster says:

    Weight gain, diabetes

  14. 10207281746376826@facebook.com' Nancy Graciolett-Vega says:

    Sad for the many who do drink .. very destructive

  15. 1179511162062040@facebook.com' Lukas David says:

    Ivo Matuš i really worry about u hahaha

  16. 1167167773314204@facebook.com' Giresh Thani says:

    In thorough agreement … never been fond. ‘S not dubbed the OH-ve group in Chem. fa’no reez!

  17. 1167167773314204@facebook.com' Giresh Thani says:

    Emphasis on NEGATIVE of course.

  18. bert@bertamail.bert' bert says:

    Anyone else pouring a drink whilst reading this?

  19. 10154131590819706@facebook.com' Bjørn Jønson says:

    How about drink it 3-4 hours before going to bed? That should not be a problem

  20. 10208511753689694@facebook.com' Jessica Millet Arnett says:

    Is one of these “because you become a total douchebag?” If not it should be.

  21. 1117365711614476@facebook.com' Bruno Laurin says:

    Becky Macintosh No good enough reason ?

  22. 1045223398863747@facebook.com' Robert Mroczka says:

    I dont drink

  23. 621130248025714@facebook.com' Jordan Quigley says:

    I don’t stand a chance not only am I English but I have Irish and Ukranian blood

  24. 1623060074642528@facebook.com' Adam Wells says:

    Just use canabis …

  25. 221770731515993@facebook.com' Dorothy Swanson says:

    Moderation….?? What doesn’t cause cancer….The list grows all the time…..Not having drink ever ….doesn’t . keep you from getting ..sick ….and for sleep ….What’s in Nyquil????..there’s side effects for anything put in your body …..to help ..or harm …..This is a warning ….just like any other . may cause…..Alcohol dependent……persons …over cumsuptions….yes this happens….so does food …this rarely …works to stop ..drinking…

  26. 10208441078162661@facebook.com' Keith Bengtson says:


  27. 1487327161594826@facebook.com' Paul Bishop says:

    This doesn’t 😉 ?? He does

  28. 198980687159027@facebook.com' Tom Calano says:


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    Very dramatic title for this article.

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  34. 901533866620839@facebook.com' Glenn O Neill Kane says:

    Am not going to stop drinking for anyone ,love the booze.

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