Benefits of Giving Up Alcohol
Benefits of giving up alcohol.
None at all, other than reduction in physical damage. The ‘dry drunk’ is a miserable state where all the emotional and behavioural ‘isms’ continue even in the absence of alcohol. This dry-drunk state illustrates the illness of alcoholism (neuro-transmission disease’, as I prefer to call it in order to specify what we are dealing with and take away all shame for having an illness, even while feeling guilt over harm caused to others) in its pure form, before it is ‘treated’ with alcohol. It is a wretched state indeed. The immediate treatment is alcohol itself or, sometimes, a pharmaceutical drug. The more effective long-term solution is the Twelve Step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The physical benefits of giving up alcohol are that the body takes the opportunity to heal itself. Generally it does that very well on its own but sometimes medical and nursing assistance is helpful.
The social benefits of giving up alcohol are considerable. Drinking friends are seen to be no more than that. One of the tragedies in the rake’s progress of alcoholics is that true friends, who confront them with the truth, are seen as enemies, while false friends say what the alcoholics wants to hear.