Wellness

4 Simple Ways To Reduce Your Booze Intake In 2019

By Chloe Sputore - 14 Jan 2019

4 Ways Alcohol Wreaks Havoc On Your Body

Next time you’re out to dinner with mates ask everyone what one standard drink of wine looks like and we guarantee it won’t be the right answer. But don’t worry, we got it wrong too and now we’re wondering why we ever spent our hard earned cash on big, beautiful wine glasses that we should only be filling one-quarter full.

It turns out that wasn’t all we were lacking when it came to booze knowledge either, so we hit up the experts from Alcohol.Think Again to find out the havoc alcohol can inflict (short and long-term use) on our bodies.

Here are four things you didn’t know drinking does to your body, plus a few tricks to help you reduce your alcohol consumption.

#1 It Messes With Nutrition Absorption

Not only does alcohol consumption make you more likely to binge on fast, fatty foods, it can also inhibit the body’s absorption of vitamins A, B1, B12, C, D and E, as well as folic acid. Add to this the high-calorie nature of booze and it’s not really helping you meet your health goals. So we hate to break it to you, but that Monday morning acai bowl won’t counteract the five spritz’ you inhaled on the weekend.

Reduce Your Risk

The old alcohol-free day is a great way of lowering alcohol intake. Try and aim for four out of seven booze-free nights a week and your body will thank you for it. You can even put those hefty wine glasses to good use with your favourite kombucha or fruit-infused soda water for a mind trick and something a little bit fancy.

#2 It Wreaks Havoc On The Digestive System

From the moment alcohol passes your lips your digestive system works in overdrive trying to eliminate it from your system, and it prioritises this task over digesting nutrients like carbohydrates and proteins. After every drink, the liver converts alcohol into the toxic chemical acetaldehyde, which causes inflammation and lesions in the stomach as well as reduced acid production, allowing harmful bacteria to enter the small intestine. We know they can be easily confused but remember, your body is a temple, not a toxic chemical waste bin.

Reduce Your Risk

Opt for a low strength beer in a middy glass, which equates to around 0.6 standard drinks. Yes, that means refraining from ordering 500ml pints of your favourite pale ale, sorry.

#3 It’s Not Friendly To The Heart

In the short term alcohol increases our heart rate and blood pressure, and over time heavy drinking can lead to episodes of tachycardia, hypertension, weakened heart muscle, an irregular heartbeat, heart attack and stroke. Everything in moderation doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

Reduce Your Risk

Make every second drink alcohol-free and drink slowly. Not only will you save money, it will also ensure you can go the long haul on a night out.  

#4 It Increases The Risk Of Breast Cancer

It’s common knowledge long-term alcohol use can lead to various cancers (liver, stomach, bowel and oesophagus to name a few), but not many know it can also lead to breast cancer in women. Alcohol interferes with the metabolism of oestrogen, increasing levels of the sex hormone in the body, which in turn encourages cell division. A study published in 2017 estimates that 22% of Australia's breast cancer cases were linked to alcohol consumption.

Reduce Your Risk

Offer to be the designated driver, your friends will love you for it and they won’t pressure you to have any drinks. Plus, there’s nothing better than being owed a favour, right?

For more ways to reduce your intake, click here.  

Image credit: HEX.

Editor's Note: This article was produced in partnership with Alcohol.Think Again. To find out more about who we work with (and why!), read our editorial policy here.

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