One of the things I really like about the ‘Smokefree’ booklet is it gives you a timeline of how quitting smoking benefits your health after certain time frames. I haven’t seen one for quitting booze so I’m creating my own based on my own experience.
The last time I checked in I was at 4 1/2 months and now I’m another 2 months on. So what do I notice?
My nails are stronger and tend to split less.
I used to wash my hair every day as I didn’t like it getting greasy and it would within 2 days. Now I can wash it and leave it for 2 days without problems.
We have a new kitten who likes to play, scratch and bite and I’m noticing that the scratches he inflicts heal quickly. Spots also disappear faster!
Working as a nurse, and as a parent to primary school age children, every winter I used to get a good share of all the bugs going round and some lovely colds. This winter I have only had one mild cold and no more. This and the quicker healing wounds all suggests an improving immune system.
Finally, having spent 25 years working as a nurse I have some rather fetching varicose veins from all those hours standing and running around. Astoundingly they are looking better and less prominent suggesting an improvement in my cardiovascular health.
I’ll check in again in another few months and share what I find 🙂
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Edited to add: I’ve been having a conversation with wolfish (@wintersknife) on Twitter about creating a stopping drinking health benefits timeline. If you would like to contribute your experience and how far along you were in your sober journey when you noticed the benefit then please post a comment below and we’ll make sure it’s included! 🙂