There is no period for the release of alcohol. If you have just stopped drinking, you still think a lot about it, but at some point these thoughts fade more and more. How long that lasts can not be said. That is personal, but it is clear that having your life in order again helps.
If this is the case and you have a busy schedule, you will think less and less about alcohol.
No longer being dependent means, among other things, that you are no longer interested in the effect of alcohol. You no longer need it as a means to change your mood. Not being dependent does not immediately mean that alcohol is the same for an ex-drinker as for someone who has always drunk moderately.
This is because people who have drunk for a long time have become accustomed to alcohol and because they suffer from loss of control to a greater or lesser extent.
Getting Used to Alcohol
People who drink a lot, get used to alcohol. They increasingly need to feel the effect. By stopping that habituation is indeed aborted again, but when they start drinking again, habituation develops quickly again. If you still want to feel something of the effect of alcohol, then you will soon find yourself at high levels again because of this rapid habituation.
Some people can sometimes become aggressive after they have drunk alcohol. Others only become happy after a glass of wine, what causes this difference? This is due to the genetic difference between people and the effect that alcohol has on the brain.
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Loss of Control
Furthermore, people who have drunk for a long time can, to a greater or lesser extent, suffer from loss of control. That means they can no longer keep to the agreement that they have made with themselves to drink a certain number of drinks.
The first drink brings about a chain reaction, so that more is drunk again. If you suffer from loss of control, you simply can not drink more moderately.
A prerequisite for drinking again is that you no longer need the effect of alcohol and you do not lose control. You only drink for the taste. In many cases drinking again means you have to start the fight with alcohol again. That you are busy all day again. You may wonder if that is worthwhile.