Wednesday, April 18, 2012

You Drink Too Much

So you’ve tuned out already, huh? Did you know that the recommended amount of alcohol for women is just a glass a day? Apparently, women’s bodies generally have lower water content, and so that’s why most women will get drunk faster than most men. However, besides getting drunk faster, there are still other factors to consider.

Research has shown that women are more likely to develop liver disease and stomach ulcers than men from drinking the same amount of alcohol. Does this mean that men should drink and women shouldn’t? No. For everyone, there are still some risks to consider.

You’ve probably heard me say about a glass of red wine a day keeps the heart healthy. But did you know that if you drink more than that one glass a day, it’s the opposite? Every additional glass of red wine per day promotes your risk of heart disease. Plus, this is only red wine, right? So it eliminates all the other types of alcohol that have no link to promoting heart health.

Now, forget any facts around alcohol abuse. If you are a skilled worker, the more alcohol you drink, the less your brain functions. It could be temporary while you’re drinking, but more than a glass a day every day, and it does start to affect your brain permanently.

And of course, let us not forget the caloric content of alcohol. If you are trying to watch your weight and stay healthy, consuming a lot of alcohol is just filling you up with empty calories. I know alcoholic liquids don't always seem like they contain a lot of calories because you don't feel full after, but they do contain a considerable amount that could skew your daily calorie goals. So it is important to factor in your daily alcohol consumption when you count your calories.

So the big question is ‘Do you drink too much?’ While I won’t quite say that you drink too much because you drink two beers a day, I will say this: Consider the benefits and disadvantages of alcohol on your health, and try to stick within the limits that promote your health, not hurt it.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

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