Keep your drinking in check during your holiday celebrations this year.
Alcohol can be a tricky substance to manage in your life. A little bit every now and then can provide several health benefits, but once you cross the line you can enter a dangerous territory. Do you know how much is too much?
Finding Your Ideal Amount
Your personal limit may vary based on body weight and other individual factors, but a general rule of thumb is that women should limit themselves to one serving a day and men should stick to two or less. These guidelines cannot be doubled, meaning if a man doesn't drink at all on Friday, he isn't good to get four drinks on Saturday.
What Are the Benefits?
The primary benefits of moderate alcohol consumption involve your cardiac health, lowering your risk of developing heart disease or suffering a heart attack. It could also protect you against stroke, diabetes, and gallstones. Any type of alcohol can provide some benefits, but red wine, which is also filled with antioxidants, is your healthiest choice.
What Happens When You Drink Too Much?
Passing your limit, which could be much less than the amount it takes to get you drunk, can affect your heart and brain health well into the future. Those who consistently abuse alcohol are more likely to receive a future diagnoses of:
- Breast cancer
- Liver cancer
- Heart failure
Those who regularly drink too much are also more likely to experience dementia or depression as they age.
If you are pregnant, suffering from pancreatic or liver disease, have a weak heart, or are planning on driving, you should always stick to nonalcoholic beverages.
You can read more about the benefits and dangers of alcohol consumption at our online health library. Make smart decisions this holiday season! If you or anyone you know is dealing with addiction and/or mental issues, contact our Sunrise Palms facility at (877) 641-PALM (7256) or New Vision, our alcohol and chemical dependency medical stabilization service, at (305) 937-5811.
If you have any further questions or would like a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-256-7692.