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Quitting Drinking May Actually Make You More Depressed

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Making the decision to quit drinking (or at least cut back) can be life-changing. No one can tell you when it’s time; that’s a question you have to answer for yourself. But if you decide to quit or cut back, it will help to be prepared for some of what you’ll experience once you go sober. Quitting drinking can have many positive effects on your life and health. But it can also make you more depressed than you were when you were still imbibing.

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Quitting drinking can indeed be a great step towards regaining your health and control of your life. But you need to be ready for everything your body and mind will go through.

We’re not even talking about heavy drinking here, either. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines defines moderate drinking as up to “up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men”. Lauren Wolfe, a clinical psychologist and chief clinical officer for Annum Health says, “highest risk drinking occurs when you have more than four or five drinks in a single occasion, and one incidence of heavy drinking per week is worse for you than light drinking three, or even five, days in a week.”

So if you’re a woman, having a glass of wine at the end of each day makes you a moderate drinker. But those girls’ nights? Could be a problem.

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Jenna Igneri decided to stop drinking for a month after one too many mornings feeling like shit. While she was pleasantly surprised by the physical changes that quitting drinking brought on, the mental and emotional changes were harder to adjust to. Jenna says her skin looked better, she was less bloated, and she felt lighter. All good things!

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