5 Facts About Alcohol that maybe be true
Of course, there is a lot of hype regarding alcohol, which is true, some of which is nonsense.
And not in a good way, so it’s good to do your research about alcohol and its effects.
The only one you should know about in the UK is the 14 unit rule.
The NHS in the UK is pretty savvy about treating alcohol and very consistent about its message, which is to go over 14 units per week, and it could affect your health.
But why does going alcohol-free mean you have to talk about it more!
People are obsessed with alcohol, but even more so when you don’t touch a drop.
I mean, how could you?
Not drink alcohol, that is.
So I am happy for people to drink around me. I have no problem drinking alcohol-free beer or alcohol-free gin.
It gives me a choice.
However, others look on in disbelief.
But maybe I should be a bit more sympathetic. After all, it does not matter if you are a big drinker or a little drinker.
Alcohol affects us in more ways than we could know.
So given that I get asked all the time, I have checked out some research on alcohol and how it affects us both mentally and physically.
Of course, for many of you, it’s a great way to let your hair down and chill out with friends.
I guess it is all about balance.
So I checked in with the medical expert and my doctor to get some face to face time, and you can find out more about alcohol and health at the NHS website.
Fact or Fiction?
1. Does alcohol affect my male husband more than me?
Yes, that is the answer.
But there is more to it, of course.
He drinks more and vice versa. I have seen it all the time when one person says they have a higher tolerance, and you look at the alcohol in front of them, and it’s completely different. ,
After a female and a male consume the same amount of alcohol, the female will undoubtedly have a greater blood alcohol level.
More youthful women produce less of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol in the belly.
My Doctor says it’s a little know fact. She is right.
But of course, there are other factors. There would be, of course.
2. So you’re a drunk diabetic
Hold your horses there, and I get this straight from one of my friends who has been there.
The signs of alcohol drunkenness and hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) are similar.
No wonder we get confused.
It’s a bit like heart attacks and panic attacks. The look and feel can be the same.
It’s why people think they are having a heart attack when they are stressed.
As my close friend found out, if you have diabetes, you must monitor your blood glucose levels while drinking alcohol.
Hypoglycemia, and alcohol, needs appropriate clinical interest.
So if you have diabetes, speak with your medical doctor before consuming alcohol.
From my experience in a low carb diet, drinking wise, your blood chemical reactions can be all over the place.
I am not saying alcohol-free drinks are the solution either, as many do contain sugar but having a balance without alcohol is always a step in the right direction.
However, something like a seedlip with a low calories mixer can be a great alternative. It’s almost zero sugar.
Alcohol-free drinks can have significant benefits, very something very substantial, but by and large, they are not diet drinks.
Always check the labels for added sugar.
However, they remain a great alternative providing they do not make you drink even more alcohol which can be the case for a small minority of people.
3. Moderate alcohol intake can help aid and shield against cardiovascular disease.
According to the American Heart Association and similar associations here in the UK, moderate alcohol consumption increases HDL cholesterol and minimizes plaque build-up in the arteries.
Many headlines in newspapers jump straight on this, and of course, the real message gets lost.
“Hey, I can drink plenty of red wine; it’s good for the heart!”
Hold your horses once again.
You may have deleted the message here just a tiny little bit.
Moderate alcohol consumption indicates no more than one beverage daily for women and no more significant than two drinks each day.
And in the UK it’s a maximum limit of 14 units.
Read what one unit of alcohol is.
Again people do not understand what a unit is, and it is not a large glass of wine you would see being offered in a bar.
As my consultant would say, look at the size of wine glasses and how they have grown over the years.
He tried to do media interviews on it, but no one was interested.
Maybe no one wants to hear the message.
After all, in a bar, I was once told to buy a large glass and take the rest of the bottle off the train.
I kid you not!
Significant in how we see alcohol culturally.
To reduce your danger of heart disease, enhance your physical activity and a healthy and balanced diet.
And maybe now don’t read all newspaper headlines without delving deeper.
For example, how did I end up with 48 hours to live as just a social drinker!
Maybe we have the answer.
4. Numerous aspects affect how individuals respond to alcohol.
After I asked him the type of most common patients, my medical consultant said that he saw something significant that stopped me in my tracks.
Your age, sex, genes, overall wellness, and history of alcohol abuse can affect how your body responds to alcohol.
Alcohol moves through your body organs based on the quantity of water that remains in them.
Generally, females and also older guys have much less water in their body organs.
Therefore, less alcohol can enter their organs, so it remains in their bloodstreams for more extended periods instead.
But it can, of course, be affected by what you have eaten, genetics and stress levels.
We know stress can be a killer.
It’s why when we are stressed, we might drink more.
There is a good reason why the NHS tells you to eat before you drink.
However, I still think it interesting that I was on a low carb diet when I was ill.
Nothing really to stop, even a couple of glasses of wine hitting my internal system and fast.
5. Drinking does not “warm” you up
I know let’s all sit around the fire, so some hot toddies and whiskey, and that will keep it warm.
OK, the fire might but not the whiskey.
Maybe we have all got a little bit too hung up on those Hollywood themed winter films with alcohol in them.
That’s why I like good old-fashioned Disney.
Consuming alcohol creates blood to rush to the skin’s surface, which makes you feel warmer.
So yes, I guess alcohol does make you warmer but then!
We go OK!
That’s the truth.
Nevertheless, alcohol triggers our capillaries, so blood vessels dilate, making you lose heat more quickly.
Alcohol likewise hinders the body’s warmth procedure by starting cooldowns. It’s like its own de-warm strategy.
It’s just bodies science is doing its thing.
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It is an excellent alternative to alcohol-based spirits.
What facts about alcohol have you got up your sleeve?
Let me have your facts about what has led you to believe the truth about alcohol.
It seems the facts are out there, but they get swayed because we like to believe what we believe, and of course, we are obsessed with alcohol.
And, of course, alcohol has a role!
Let me have your five facts about alcohol below, and I will always get back to you.