Should you drink alcohol moderately or stop completely?

Debating whether or not you should drink alcohol, drink moderately, or just cut it out completely?

I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been here too… and it’s a tricky one since it can be socially accepted in most places now a days. 

Lets try and change our point of view really quick..

We are here to make some changes. Some GREAT ones at that!

Let’s focus on our health, right?! Here are some things that I have learned about what alcohol does to the body.

  • FUN FACT : Did you know alcohol affects women differently compared to the male counterparts?

Point 1

Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) are enzymes that help metabolize and eliminate toxins; including alcohol from the body.

Males and females differ in their ability to metabolize alcohol due to the activity and the amount of ADH enzymes that are in the liver and stomach.

Males have many highly active forms of ADH in their stomach and liver that can reduce the absorption of alcohol much more efficiently.

Scientist’s have discovered that women produce smaller amounts, less active alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes and have almost NO alcohol dehydrogenase in their stomach leading to more alcohol reaching the blood stream.

Point 2

Women typically have more body fat than they do water content.

Alcohol is held in the bodies water content, not held in the bodies fat.

Meaning that alcohol becomes more concentrated in women resulting in higher blood alcohol level. Where as for men, they typically have more water content than they do body fat.

This is part of the reason why it is stated that one drink for a man is equivalent to two drinks for a woman.

Trying to keep up with the fellas might not be a good idea.. 

Point 3

All cells in the body are made up of mostly proteins. Alcohol affects protein nutrition and protein synthesis causing nutrient deficiencies and potentially putting the body into a catabolic state.

Your body in catabolic state meaning, the alcohol can actually break down proteins rather than build proteins.

Our bodies can not store alcohol and so our system works as quickly as possible to get rid of it. This process will take priority over absorbing nutrients and burning fat for energy.

Point 4

Consuming alcohol is dehydrating your body including your skin. It is also thought that alcohol actually will take some of the vital vitamins and nutrients away from your skin as well.

Point 5

Sleep is another thing that will get disrupted. Man, do I love my sleep… as you should too!

Though alcohol may be a sedative, it can wreak havoc in your sleep cycle.

Your liver is still going through the metabolizing process as your sleeping causing dips in the blood alcohol level. This creates shorter sleep durations and more sleep disruptions.

  • These very few facts were enough to have me second guess a glass of wine. What about you?

Everyone reacts to alcohol differently. Factors depend on and not limited to the amount of alcohol that is consumed and how quickly it was consumed. As well as the persons age and body composition.

With this being said, please continue to do your own research and do what you feel is best for you.

Always seek your physicians help and advice.

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