Benefits of Being Sober

Updated: Feb 8

If you're anything like me, somewhere along your sober journey, you'll find yourself questioning why you started. Long ago, I wrote down a list of reasons or benefits of being sober. Today, I'm sharing my list with you to give you some perspective on what is possible.


These benefits are personal and are just an idea of what may come. I recommend writing a list of reasons why you want to quit drinking and then keeping a running list of any and all benefits you notice.


Truth is, when your brain is searching for excuses or reasons why you should start drinking again or just drink for one day, one vacation, or one holiday season, you need these reminders. Returning to your why and the benefits can help you quell a craving, refocus your mind toward the long-term outcome rather than the immediate desire to drink, and remind you of how much work you're accomplishing.


Benefits of Not Drinking Alcohol


Immediate Benefits

  • Never experience another hangover

  • Sleep better (no midnight wake-ups or sweats)

  • Wake up fully sober and ready for what the day brings

  • Brush teeth without gagging on toothbrush or taste in mouth

  • Eat anything you want for breakfast (no need for a hangover meal)

  • Save money or have more disposable income to try new hobbies

  • Have money to try new, non-alcoholic beverages

  • Gain confidence in your memory, perception of events, and conversations that take place in the typical drinking hours

  • More trust in yourself

  • Drive at any time knowing you are fully sober

  • No "quick naps" to counter what you did the night before

  • Never wake up with a stranger

  • No more "walk of shame"

  • No more liquor store runs

  • Count on yourself and follow through with the plans you make

  • More time to do with as you please like read a book or write a blog or paint a picture

Longer-Term Benefits

  • Clearer skin

  • Brighter eyes

  • Stronger, shinier hair

  • Confidence that you know best for yourself

  • Pride in your ability to maintain sobriety from alcohol

  • Better relationships with people

  • More productive in every way

  • Better sex

  • Deeper connection to your authentic (sober) self

  • Less anxiety and depression

  • Clearer thinking

  • Better decision making

  • Ability to really listen to others and be of support when needed

  • Money, money, money - even a drink a day adds up quickly

  • Repressed emotions can begin to resurface for proper healing

  • People trust you

  • People respect you

  • Not planning your life around whether or not you can have a drink

  • You can develop long-term goals that are more aligned with who you are not who alcohol tells you you should be

  • Better impulse control

  • You can actually stick to a sleep schedule, exercise routine, etc.

  • No backtracking on drunken promises

  • Your family doesn't worry about how you're getting home, if you're drinking alone, if you're okay

  • Flow in your life

This is not an exhaustive list- and it's not meant as medical information, either. What you get out of quitting drinking is highly personal and that's why I recommend writing your own lists, too. For now, though, I sincerely hope this has helped either get you through a craving, self-doubt, or rough day. I promise you this: There's nothing so bad that a drink will fix.

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