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Effects of Alcohol : Is it good or bad for you ?

Alcohol is the main character in every party. People drink because they are happy, or sad, or celebrating. Enjoying a glass of alcohol with friends is a good bonding technique that is often enjoyed by many. Though alcohol is known to have negative effects and will not do any good, it does not stop people from drinking. The secret is to drink moderately to stay away from hangovers or worst accidents. This article will take you through the Side effects of alcohol on your body.

Reasons why people drink beer.

effects of alcohol

Feels Good

As compared to other types of alcohol, beer gives you a nice feeling and also it is comparatively low in alcohol content, around 4-6 %. One research has found the reason of feel good after having beer is just because the taste of the beer can trigger the production of dopamine.

Refreshes

Imagine you are walking on the street in the hot summer and there you find a cold and fizzy beer. Every sip of it will make you relax and refresh. The cool flavours with the bubbling carbonation and the cold temperature makes your body to cool down though beer technically dehydrates you.

Tastes Good

You will totally agree with me that everyone has different taste buds, and you can bound to find your favourite taste of beer as there are different flavours of beer are available in the market. There are almost 2800 craft breweries in the united states and each craft have different taste.

To relieve stress

Had a bad breakup story? Passing through hard times? Some people use alcohol or beer to temporarily focus their attention elsewhere. According to some, beer helps in relieving stress, which is an absolute myth. Beer also boost your creativity while you are around with people.

It’s Communal

It’s a very common beverage at the local bar or at the house party. For a person of introvert nature can also opens up and can involve in the discussion easier. Casual sipping will never get you too much drunk and you can easily manage and enjoy the discussion over the party.

Before me move further lets just briefly get to the positive and some Side effects of alcohol on fitness:-

 Positive effects of alcohol:

  • effects of alcohol Lessens the risk of heart disease
  • Lessens the risk to have diabetes
  • Reduces the risk of ischemic stroke
  • Alcohol can help fight cold
  • Wine can make you live longer
  • Moderate drinking can improve sexual function

Some more Side effects of alcohol:

• High blood pressure
• Heart failure
• Stroke
• Brain damage
• Liver disease

Besides these negative impacts you need to know some of its effect of alcohol, if you are a fitness enthusiast then it can hamper your health and fitness goals.

 Lets talk about its Side effects of alcohol on your health and fitness goals:-

  1. Alcohol is known to decrease in testosterone levels . The more blood alcohol level is the lower the testosterone. Also you might have notice heavy drinkers having man boobs ( gynecomastia ) ,this is because the estrogen levels become quite higher in these males.
  2. It hurts your muscle building goals , this is due to few reasons sighted here. Hangover in the next morning will not let you train hard, it lowers the protein synthesis by 20-25%, your cells hold less water due to dehydration caused by excessive drinking which hampers muscle building process.
  3.  For those whose aim is to loose fat have a bad news. Alcohol is a big no to them because not only it contains high number of empty calories, but also slows down the metabolism.
  4. Alcohol is diuretic and it causes dehydration because the kidney is producing more urine than normal. Working out with alcohol in the body will elevate the dehydration because the body will let out more sweat as the temperature of the body heightens. Dehydration will affect performance since the blood flow is becomes irregular and oxygen and nutrient’s circulation is disrupted.
  5. In keeping fit, the liver needs to produce many glucose, but with alcohol in the system, the liver will be busy metabolizing or breaking down the alcohol and result to having low blood sugar. With low sugar, your energy is very low, you will not be able to workout properly and cannot concentrate on the task.
  6. Alcohol contains tons of calories which are not good for keeping fit and healthy. Alcohol in the system can stay in the body for a day or two, and it makes burning calories difficult. Aside from that, alcohol disrupts sleep that produces growth hormones that are essential for muscle growth, and it lessens the quantity of testosterone, a hormone for muscle gains.

Safe quantity of alcohol intake:

effects of alcohol

Nothing is considered a safe limit when its a toxin . Every gram of alcohol contains 07  calories so you can your self calculate the %age alcohol and calories in a pint of beer or a peg of vodka. However you can still have it in moderation once or twice in a month as per the below prescribed limits.

• Beer: 12 fluid ounces or 355 milliliters
• Wine: 5 fluid ounces or 148 milliliters
• Distilled spirits (80 proof): .5 fluid ounces or 44 milliliters

Some of the tips you must keep in mind while drinking to stay on track towards your goals and minimize the side effects of alcohol:-

  1. Limit yourself to 02-03 parties in a month. Also reduce your alcohol consumption to 02-03 drinks at max. Not only it will ensure lesser calories but also will make you stay away from hangovers the next day.
  2.  Drink plenty of water in between your drinks which will make you stay hydrated .
  3. For snacks go for some green salad because not only these are good calories but are a good source of antioxidants which will minimize the negative impacts of alcohol. Many a times we add sweetened beverages or simple carbs along with our drinks which maximizes the ill effects of alcohol.
  4. When you know that today I am partying, so restrict your calorie intake to minimum on one day prior and one day after your party day . This is to ensure that your weekly calorie target does not get hampered. However eat enough protein even on the day you are drinking.

How to Get rid of beer belly ?

This the the most common question which comes in the  mind of every drinker. However the answer is just that To get rid of beer belly, it is important to have regular exercise to burn calories and stay fit. It is important to eat healthy food, stay away from unhealthy habits and as much as possible stop drinking alcohol, or drink moderately. Hydration is important as well, so make sure that you drink a lot of water every day to help flush out unwanted body toxins.

You can also follow aforesaid points to stay in track but home workout or at gyms is important along with leading a healthy lifestyle. These were the side effects of alcohol , be safe stay healthy.

 

I am Shweta Singh, Director and CEO at Kirola Sports Private Limited. I am a sports and fitness enthusiast and have played three sports at National level including Basketball, High jump ,Taekwondo .I also started training in Mixed Martial Arts last year . I always knew that health ,fitness and motivation are pillar of success for every individual. Mykhelbook team will help you to stay fit and healthy through our blogs . We also aim to motivate you all through motivational stories of lesser known people ,about their struggles and achievements through our blogs .

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