Drinking In The Morning? Be Aware Of These 10 Risks.

Written by Alan Peter
September 12, 2023

Drinking In The Morning?
10 Risks To Be Aware Of!

I can remember a younger man ‘getting on it’ first thing. Drinking in the morning was almost a regular pastime, if work and life permitted it.

Further down the line of life, drinking in the morning can be a common approach for people from all walks of life. Parents, business-types, working in environments is both expected and encouraged…..it is a far more common habit than first meets the eye.

While the idea of indulging in an early morning drink might seem harmless or even appealing to some. It is this type of appeal that is needed so much to be highlighted.

It is essential to be aware of the potential risks associated with this habit.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the reasons why drinking alcohol in the morning can pose significant health and social risks.

From the impact on your liver to the potential consequences on your daily life.

Drinking in the morning is a poor life choice

Let’s explore the ten risks you should be aware of if you’re considering morning alcohol consumption.

1. Impaired Cognitive Function

This is a no-brainer really – pardon the awful pun!

impaired cognitive function

Drinking alcohol affects your congitive function, we all know this. We drink, we get qoozy and cannot complete tasks as we could do minus the alcohol.

Therefore, starting your day with alcohol can lead to impaired cognitive function, affecting your decision-making, concentration, and productivity throughout the day. Throwing alcohol in your system early in the morning WILL affect your day’s behaviour.

Alcohol’s impact on the brain can result in slower reflexes and reduced alertness, making it difficult to perform tasks that require mental clarity. This impaired cognitive function can spill out into other aspects of your life, seriously impacting on your performance at work or school.

2. Disrupted Sleep Patterns

Think that the booze can make you feel sleepy and nice-naptimes? This sleep is false, poor-quality and does not allow your body to get back ok track. Started drinking in the morning? It may well be time to kiss goodbye to any hopes of a decent sleeping pattern any time soon.

Morning drinking can disrupt your sleep cycle leading to difficulties falling asleep at night and poor sleep quality.

You may find yourself sleeping in the day, afternoon, sitting up all night and doing it all again.

disrupted sleep

Alcohol’s sedative effects might make you feel drowsy initially, but remember that hey can lead to disrupted REM sleep, leaving you feeling groggy and fatigued the next day.

Over time, this pattern can create a vicious cycle of daytime drowsiness and nighttime restlessness. Such sleep disruptions will almost always impact your overall health and well-being.

3. Negative Impact on Mood

Alcohol is a depressant, and morning consumption can exacerbate feelings of sadness or anxiety. It might temporarily mask negative emotions, but these can resurface later in the day, affecting your overall well-being.

Alcohol is a depressant 1
Alcohol is a depressant 1

The rollercoaster of mood swings caused by alcohol can have detrimental effects on your mental health. Continued alcohol consumption can exacerbate underlying mental health conditions and lead to a cycle of emotional instability.

4. Risk of Dependence

Regularly consuming alcohol in the morning can lead to a dangerous pattern of dependence, as your body becomes accustomed to starting the day with a drink. This can make it increasingly difficult to function without alcohol. Dependence can quickly evolve into addiction, where the urge to drink overrides other responsibilities and activities. The risk of addiction is heightened when alcohol is integrated into your daily routine.

5. Liver Strain

Drinking in the morning puts additional strain on your liver, as it has to process alcohol earlier than usual. Over time, this can contribute to liver damage and increase the risk of conditions like fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. The liver is a vital organ responsible for filtering toxins from your body, and subjecting it to alcohol early in the day can impair its ability to perform this crucial function. The cumulative damage to the liver can lead to serious health complications.

6. Social Isolation

alcohol and social isolation

Morning drinking can isolate you from friends and family who might find it concerning or uncomfortable. This isolation can lead to a lack of support and potentially exacerbate feelings of loneliness.

As you become more engrossed in your drinking habit, you may find it challenging to maintain healthy relationships and social connections. Over time, isolation can contribute to feelings of alienation and exacerbate mental health struggles.

Morning drinking can lead to legal issues if you operate a vehicle or engage in other activities while under the influence. Driving with alcohol in your system can result in DUI charges and accidents. Legal consequences can have far-reaching effects on your life, including fines, license suspension, and even incarceration. The legal ramifications of morning drinking can lead to a loss of freedom, financial strain, and damage to your reputation.

8. Impaired Digestion

Alcohol consumption, especially in the morning, can irritate your digestive system, leading to issues like acid reflux and gastritis. These digestive problems can affect your comfort and overall health. Alcohol can increase stomach acid production, leading to discomfort, heartburn, and inflammation of the stomach lining. Over time, consistent digestive issues can impact your nutritional intake and overall physical well-being.

9. Financial Strain

Frequent alcohol consumption, even in the morning, can lead to significant financial strain. The costs of purchasing alcohol regularly can add up quickly, impacting your budget and financial stability. Alcohol is an expensive habit, and dedicating a portion of your income to purchasing it can hinder your ability to meet other financial responsibilities. Financial strain can lead to increased stress and contribute to a cycle of negative consequences.

10. Relationship Struggles

Drinking in the morning can strain relationships with loved ones who are concerned about your well-being.

drinking in the morning can cause relationship struggles

Communication breakdowns, arguments, and distancing can result from this habit. Addiction has a way of isolating individuals from their support networks, making it difficult to maintain healthy relationships with family and friends. Relationship strain can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and further isolation.


While it might be tempting to reach for that morning drink, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential risks it poses.

From impaired cognitive function to strained relationships, the consequences of morning alcohol consumption can impact various aspects of your life.

If you have regularly started driniking in the morning, this may well be a telling sign that you have a problem with alcohol.

If you find yourself struggling with alcohol consumption at any time of day, consider seeking support from healthcare professionals, addiction specialists, or support groups.

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