Dr Don Grant said: “The dangers of alcohol have been documented extensively over the years.” This has been shown to be a factor in the development of certain cancers, such as high blood pressure and depression. Dr Grant said that many people assume alcohol is dangerous if it is consumed in high quantities. However, this is not the truth. Drinking between four and six units of alcohol (roughly equivalent to two glasses of wine, or two pints) will cause significant brain chemical changes.
Dr Ross Perry, GP pointed out that alcohol actually worsens mental illness.
Alcohol Change UK, a charity that supports alcohol addiction, noted that the feeling of “releasing” and euphoria after drinking are short-lived.
Drinking alcohol for a prolonged period can have long-term effects that may lead to low mood or worsening anxiety.
Alcohol can cause problems with your physical and psychological health, as well as affect your appearance.
Weight gain can be caused by drinking
Dr Perry warned that alcohol can increase the appetite hormone, leading to binging on unhealthy foods.
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If you stopped drinking 6 175ml glasses per week of wine, 1,920 calories would be saved, while 2,160 calories would be saved if you had only stopped drinking about six pints each of beer.
Alcohol Change UK presented a study of more than 2,000 adults in the UK, which showed that nearly 80 percent underestimated how many calories a large glass wine contains.
A single unit of alcohol has 56 calories. However, mixers, sugar and cream may add more calories to the drink.
An average glass of wine (175ml), has approximately 158 calories. A large glass, however, has about 225 calories.
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A pint of beer or lager has around 222 calories.
One unit of spirits, which is a drink that you eat without any mixer, equals approximately 50 calories.
“Alcohol is also an appetite stimulant, which can lead to overeating at mealtimes and late at night,” the charity stated, echoing the comment from Dr Perry.
Also, alcoholic drinks “lack the most essential nutrients or vitamins”, which means that nutritional deficiencies can be a possibility if one doesn’t eat well.
It’s easy to say that you don’t drink as much, and then you just forget about it. But if you track what you drink you will begin to notice patterns. You can hold yourself responsible for what you do.
Next, you need to set limits on how many drinks or how frequently you consume them.
It is possible to do this by “avoiding alcohol in your home”.
Hanratty stated that keeping alcohol out the home will help you keep a healthy distance from the substance.
- There are alternatives to alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages when you go out.
- Drink while you eat
- Avoid triggers by staying busy
- Do not isolate yourself. Tell your family and friends that you are trying to reduce your alcohol consumption.
- You can go alcohol-free for a longer period.
Anyone with an alcohol problem is encouraged to see their GP.
Dr Ross Perry is a GP and medical director of Cosmedics.
Dr Don Grant (MB, ChB, DRCOG, MRCGP) works on behalf of The Independent Online Pharmacy.
Publiated at Sun, 12 September 2021 02:01:00 +0000