Alcohol is the intoxicating ingredient that is present in wine, beer, and spirits. It is a depressant, which means that when it reaches the brain, it slows down the body's systems.
It can also be difficult for the body to process, putting extra pressure on the liver, the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, and other functions.
Excess drinking causes the liver to accumulate fat, which can lead to fatty liver disease. Estrogen levels are raised when alcohol is consumed which raises the risk for breast cancer. Alcohol also creates irritation and inflammation in the stomach lining, which can lead to ulcers and bleeding of the stomach. And the list of the effect of the alcohol consumption goes on and on.
The body absorbs alcohol relatively quickly, but it takes longer to get the alcohol out of the body. The liver needs about 1 hour to process one drink.
Since the liver can only process the equivalent of one drink at a time, the body may remain saturated with the alcohol that has not yet left the body.
It can take from 2 to 3 hours for the body to metabolize alcohol from one to two drinks, and up to 24 hours to process the alcohol from eight to ten drinks.
Drinking with a meal slows the rate of absorption, resulting in fewer side effects and less intoxication.
The recommended maximum intake of alcohol is 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women.
Here are some things that you could do instead of drinking alcohol
- Enjoy more time with friends and family
- Learn how to practice Yoga
- Finish those projects or unfinished things that have been bugging you
- Get fit
- Start reading books
- Help others
I am more than happy to teach you rebalancing your body and mind with yoga. Feel free to reach out to me at 0450 282 452.
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