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Effects of Stopping Drinking – Five Ways It Can Positively Impact Your Career

If you are reading this, there is a strong possibility that you are considering quitting alcohol in a bid to improve your career prospects. You won’t be the first, and there are many success stories out there pointing to a positive correlation between sobriety and improved performance in work and in your daily life.

The positive effects of stopping drinking in your personal life are vast. People who achieve sobriety report an increase in:

  • Productivity
  • Happiness
  • Meaningful relationships / friendships
  • Sex drive / performance
  • Memory
  • General health
  • Financial independence

This Port of Call blog will look into how quitting drinking can further your career and suggest the safest ways of becoming sober.

Stop drinking safely with the help of Port of Call

Quitting drinking can be dangerous if not done correctly and under the supervision of professionals. Depending on the severity of a drink problem, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be extremely unpleasant. They can consist of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heavy perspiration
  • Nausea
  • Increased nerves
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure

We absolutely applaud the idea of trying to stop drinking but would be remiss to warn you of what happens when you stop drinking alcohol suddenly.

The above points can vary in their severity depending on the person in question and their relationship with drink. Recovering alcoholics who suddenly go cold turkey can suffer from insomnia, nightmares, temperatures, aggressive tendencies and a lack of libido.

All of these symptoms are easier to cope with under the guidance of a trained professional. With dozens of alcohol and drug rehab centres throughout the UK, contact Port of Call’s free helpline for alcohol addiction help free today on 08000029010 to arrange an initial consultation.

Continue reading for an outlooking on the effects of stopping drinking and how doing so can have a positive impact on your career.

Increased effectiveness

Going into work hungover or tired after a long weekend of drinking can have a hugely negative impact on your productivity. When alcohol is out of the picture, you wake up each morning feeling refreshed and operating at closer to your full capacity.

Alcoholism at work is an issue that is common up and down the country. If you work in a profession that requires you to meet tight deadlines or deal with a number of clients at a time, increased effectiveness is key.

Improved stress management

Work can be stressful. We absolutely understand. Some cases of alcoholism or excessive drinking occur as a result of people becoming stressed with work. It’s a vicious cycle that is best avoided where possible.

It is a common misconception that drinking helps to deal with stress. In reality, it only serves to add to someone’s mental burdens. Think about this – is going out after work on a Friday and drinking eight pints going to make your job any easier on Monday morning? Absolutely not. Not only is this an expensive way of trying to cope with stress, it is sure to fail.

Instead, speak to your colleagues, peers or manager. If work is getting you down or making you stressed, it is always better to talk than to keep issues bottled up.

Similarly, if you are an employer and are considered with a staff member’s drinking habits, take a read of our blog on helping employees struggling with addiction.

Less mood swings

Excessive drinking after work can often result in someone turning up late the next day or taking too long to kick into gear once they reach the workplace. You may not see it as a problem at first, but those around you may well be taking on more responsibility and achieving promotions while you tread water.

The below infographic explains the effects of stopping drinking for five weeks. Take note of the positive percentages at the bottom and just how much they would serve to improve your work performance.

The five-week challenge: What happens when you stop drinking alcohol suddenly?

You can be the one making decisions

Wouldn’t it be great if you were the one making the key decisions in the workplace? The one who people look to when an important choice needs to be made. You may already be in that position, but excessive consumption of alcohol certainly isn’t going to help you make an informed decision.

With alcohol out of the picture, you can now channel your energy towards results that are going to boost your career. Improved performance in your set workplace often results in better opportunities and an increase in salary. After all, that is the reason why most of us go into work.


If you can relate to any of the above and would like to eradicate drinking in order to further your career, we can offer the necessary support. Please, don’t delay. Get in touch with our team of dedicated professionals to discuss your very own tailored plan towards sobriety.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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