Can Alcohol be a part of your healthy life?
The answer is YES, but there are a few things you should know!
Alcohol has an important social role in many cultures. People have been consuming alcohol for thousands of years and it's not going to stop now. It's important to know how much is too much and how to manage the negative effects.
Alcohol is the second most calorie dense macronutrient after fat. It contains 7 kcals a gram, as well as the extra calories from sugar found in a lot of alcoholic drinks. One pint has more calories than a slice of pizza and someone drinking five pints a week can add up to 44,200 extra Calories a year to their diet.
Alcohol is known for increasing fat storage as other macronutrients cannot be utilised until the alcohol has been metabolised.
Alongside this, alcohol is known for its appetite stimulatory effect and its ability to lower ones inhibitions which quite often leads to the over feeding of unhealthy fast foods.
On top of all this alcohol is known to cause negative effects such as:
So it is obvious that alcohol can cause damage to our bodies. But there's hope. Alcohol in light to moderate consumption has a lot less side effects as heavy consumption.
So what is a light to moderate consumption?
2 to 4 standard drinks depending on your size has been shown to have no negative effect on weight gain or hormonal function.
As long as you don’t go overboard with the consumption of alcohol and account for the extra calories consumed as well as making sure to stay hydrated, you can enjoy a few drinks without worrying that it is going to jeopardize your health.
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