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Why should I stop drinking?

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Last Updated: 12/05/2021 at 8:34am
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June 24th, 2016 9:25pm
Alcohol is socially acceptable, but physically and mentally destructive! Strictly speaking, alcohol (ethanol) is a toxin to our bodies. And because it is socially acceptable, we can poison ourselves without reproach from our peers. But heavy, sustained, drinking leads to addiction and will negatively impact your life. Addictions consume the energy normally used for other tasks. Basically, drinking takes away from your ability to grow and adapt to your environment in a healthy and productive way.
June 25th, 2016 11:09am
Quit drinking alcohol is so difficult as it is to find reasons to stop it. Most people tend to drink alcohol to forget a situation or feel better about themselves. Having their emotions controlling them they become addicted to it and lose control of their life. I'd stop drinking to gain control of my life and drive it to success.
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July 10th, 2016 11:46pm
I believe everyone has their own reasons for not drinking. Do you think it is becoming an issue? Are you drinking every single day and is it changing your behaviour for the worst? Try to think about associated questions and base your decisions off of that. For example, as someone who used to be an alcoholic, I stopped drinking for 3 years and just recently began to enjoy a drink here and there. I believe if you want to drink, it is all about balance. If you don't want to drink, that is your decision and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise! Hope that helps. :)
June 28th, 2016 6:35pm
If you drink to numb yourself, you can become very dependent on it and it can dames your body in many, many ways. Trust me, I know first hand, as I have a drinking problem.
July 10th, 2016 6:46pm
Drinking can be very serious. It could seriously damage your body and your mind. It can also hurt other people and damage relationships that you have built or are currently building in a bad way. Drinking can make you very ill and can even effect work ethic and ability. It can also result in major debt and homelessness if it gets that far. Socially drinking is different. An occasional drink, there's nothing wrong with. But excessive drinking can lead to some very bad/dangerous things.
September 21st, 2016 7:33pm
Because alcohol does not solve problems, it only masks them for a short period of time. Perhaps, if you pay attention, you will notice that the emotional improvement only occurs while the alcohol is affecting your system (not everytime, the effect can decrease your emotional too). After that, things return to the same point, or even worse point (accompanied by a hangover, for example). Moreover, losing control of your thoughts and actions tends to encourage you to do wrong things, things you normally wouldn't do in good conscience and can lead to consequences. Not to mention the problems that the drink can generate in your body, in the long run.
September 24th, 2016 4:13pm
Because it doesn't solve any issues, it just pushes them to the background while it create's even more issues (health related, social isolation, etc)... Drinking alcohol allows you to supress emotional issues, it never has and never will allow you to find the true sollution for whatever goes on in your life. Alcohol is a way to pause your issues, pause your life... I see it life as a movie you just have to watch until the end, you can pause parts you don't like but in the end you'll have to press the play button and experience the rest of what, if you allow it, could be a very beautiful movie.
January 26th, 2017 5:51pm
Drinking is alright as long as it's done in moderation and responsibly... like everything else for that matter. If you start experiencing health, behaviour, relationship problems due to drinking, it would be best to seek the help of a professional. If you just want to kick your lifestyle into a higher gear health wise, lose weight, etc. stoping drinking can be a step in that direction.
April 13th, 2017 4:42am
I'm going to state many reasons why- first off though it's your choice and if you're not 100% into quitting then these reasons won't bother you. 1- You will immediately start having more money. That's money that you would've wasted on alcohol, instead you can treat yourself or save it in case something happens. 2- Your mood will increase- Some people say after 2 months they feel their mood has increased and they have a better outlook on life. 3- Your friends will admire you and look up to you for quitting- 4- You won't have to worry about hiding it from friends and family- Those days would be gone! No more worrying! Wouldn't it be nice? 5- Heavy drinkers sometimes get alcoholic hepatitis which can lead to the development of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). 6-Liver disease- When alcohol reaches the liver, it produces a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde which can damage liver cells and cause permanent scarring- this can cause liver disease which could be life threatening.
December 1st, 2017 6:54am
You can collect reasons for why to stop drinking, but you're ultimately the only one who can decide for yourself what you "should" and "should not" do, and why. Possible reasons to stop drinking are, if it interferes with any area of your life, if it has become a daily habit or even a daily need, if you think you cannot have without it, if you think you cannot relax without it, if you experience mood swings while drinking, if you tend to make poor decisions with consequences while drinking, if your loved ones are negatively affected by your drinking - or if you just want to for no particular reason. It's your life, and your choice, and often there isn't a "right" or "wrong" answer for these kinds of habits. It's very personal, and you know your personal situation better than anyone else. This question does imply you have been thinking about this subject. Good luck thinking on it and I hope you come to a decision that is right for you!
February 10th, 2018 8:30pm
Alcoholism is very very serious. It might not seem like it would be that bad, but it is. Addictions can ruin relationships. Also, in severe cases, your body becomes dependent on the alcohol, and you could die from not drinking it. It this case it would be important to be hospitalized while quitting.
March 1st, 2018 2:55pm
There are many reasons... health... financal reasons... but it's a decision you need to make yourself. Maybe by writing a Pro's and Con's list and comparing both sides
January 9th, 2019 7:56pm
Drinking is one of the main problems that occur in our society. Alcohol is considered to be the most dangerous drug if we consider all the problems it cause. It damages you in every aspect. It ruins your finance and destroys your social life. Also we should consider that alcohol is addictive because it's considered by others as a "quick problem solver". But the thing is, alcohol doesn't fix your problems, it just helps you forget them which is worst. That's because, while the time you are "gone" your problems start growing larger and drinking starts becoming the best alternative at the moments of desperation.
July 12th, 2016 4:59am
A very important reason to stop drinking is that it very negatively affects your body. Your kidneys and liver are greatly impacted and you could become very reliable on the substance. I had a friend who drank too much and she ended up in the hospital where she got her stomach pumped. Alcohol slows your heartbeat which causes you to be "drunk"
July 22nd, 2016 10:59pm
because that do not solve the problems more over you will not able to think and solve will in your problems, we should stop drinking to be able manage our responsibility and plan properly to our future and to can ovaide problems our reduce it
July 30th, 2016 6:57pm
Drinking helps you feel free from worldly problems. But a problem must always be faced or it will eat you alive and drinking won't help you not be eaten.
August 4th, 2016 5:53am
health should be reason enough. Liver damage,brain deteriorating, weight gain & death is possible
August 7th, 2016 1:10am
You should stop drinking because you could come addicted. It could really damage your health and that's not good. You want to be healthy
August 22nd, 2016 8:06pm
To feel better about yourself, I feel like most of the time they want to get better because they lost control of their life when they are drinking and they hit rock bottom and their alcohol addiction has gotten worse, and they are finally accepting the help they need and ask for it.
August 27th, 2016 3:04am
Drinking is a depressor. While you may think it makes you feel better, it doesn't. It hurts your health; overall body but especially your kidneys, liver and brain.
August 28th, 2016 11:01pm
That's a hard question to answer without knowing the context. There are lots of reasons why one might want to cut down, or even stop drinking - but without knowing the circumstances, it's hard to answer. If you're an alcoholic - like an actual alcoholic - then it's advisable that you stop drinking - but not in isolation - not without also addressing the underlying issues behind your addition, Aside from that there are lots of physical, emotional, financial, and relational reasons "Why [you] should stop drinking"
August 30th, 2016 7:06am
You might want to stop for your health, or you may not like your behaviour when you drink. Perhaps it is causing damage to your relationships. These are some common reasons. Maybe it doesn't give you any problems and you are just curious to know others opinions :) If you're considering stopping, maybe make a list of reasons why and why not you might stop.
September 9th, 2016 9:18pm
Drinking can have many negative side effects in your life. Harming your body and your relationships can have a devastating effect.
September 11th, 2016 3:23pm
Because you are looking for a reason to. Or more importantly because you are looking for a reason not to. If something is not a problem we do not ask questions like this.
September 22nd, 2016 10:54am
Drinking can damage your liver! It can be a temporary pain blocker but it never really helps. It's addictive and can cause accidents to happen
September 25th, 2016 7:08pm
Drinking is deleterious to health over time; it damages your liver. Don't put yourself in a situation where you regret it!
October 1st, 2016 3:44pm
My father was an alcohol years ago, every time there was an occasion or just a normal day he would consume 3 bottles a day. My mother and I then got so concerned about his drinking habits and forced my father to see a doctor and when my father found out that he has hypertension and diabetic, he slowly stopped drinking and now he hasn't consumed a single bottle. If we didn't convince him to see a doctor and ask him to stop, his condition might have gotten worse. That's why you should think about your health and drinking habits. You might have a certain illness you're not aware of, it's important to take action now.
October 2nd, 2016 6:52pm
Drinking makes you forget the emotional pain you have but it doesn't last long the pain will come back
October 12th, 2016 7:23pm
Because drinking can cause you to lose your family and it will hurt your body, drinking is not a cool thing it is just a thing to do to get you happy but it really is a bad thing
October 15th, 2016 11:49am
If you're excessively drinking its not good for your body,mind and soul. You could become an alcoholic then become dependent on's already expensive enough. A tall glass of wine or two is fine or possibly a couple beers. Everything in moderation.