Be ready when you stop drinking for underlying emotions to start surfacing - like an emotional detox. One of the biggest struggles people have when they stop drinking is dealing with how bad they feel emotionally. You would think that after you stop drinking alcohol that emotionally you would feel better. Not true. Expect emotional ups and downs when you stop drinking. The rush of emotions is normal and, in a way, your body trying to detox itself of pent up emotional baggage.