Drinking Causes Hangovers; Effect is a Matter of Degree

Friends Eating An Al Fresco Lunch, Holding Wineglasses
If you drink alcohol — which includes beer, wine and liquor — you WILL have a hangover. The difference in severity is a matter of degree.

The human body is a well-oiled machine, built to last well into old age — an average of 81 years for American women and 76 for American men. The introduction of any amount alcohol into the body throws your system out of whack. (Note: this includes red wine). So the best advice for folks who wonder about alcohol consumption is “don’t drink.”

But for those who do decide to take the risk, it’s best to remember the following advice:

  • One drink (4 ounces of alcohol content) is enough, two is chancy, three is dangerous and four is insane.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Food slows the effects as alcohol, an alien substance, moves through your system.
  • Drink plenty of water. (Same as above).
  • Alcohol poisons your body, especially your brain.
  • There is no cure for a hangover. Absolutely none.

Some studies indicate that moderate use of alcohol may be of benefit to older consumers who run the risk of heart disease. But those findings are debatable. What is not debatable is there are other ways to avoid heart problems. These include proper diet and exercise.

But what is proper?

There is a lot of information out there about alcohol consumption, dieting and exercise, and it is wise to study them. And once you have a plan, be sure to run it past your family physician. This is especially true for anyone more than 50 years of age.

Once you do have a doctor-approved diet and exercise regime, you should consider another factor that is essential for your success: Who will hold you to it? That’s where a health and wellness coach comes in. Certified health coaches will discuss your situation with you (and your doctor if need be), review your diet and exercise plan, help you understand your personal benefits and then hold you accountable.

Cheers!

Lisa Burbage

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