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Weight gain—an aftereffect of alcohol consumption

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

You go through strenuous exercise and diet routines to maintain body-weight and shape, but one night you let yourself be drowned in alcohol, then all your efforts go down the drain. You’re once again back to square one. According to statistics given by the last survey conducted in 2010 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 25 percent of the world population amounts for alcohol consumption.

So here is a wakeup call!

Flaming_cocktailsApart from adding extra calories in your system, alcohol also generates hunger, affects sleep and metabolism, and ultimately messes up your entire diet plan.

How does alcohol affect your diet? A single can of beer contains 154 calories and a martini contains around 250 calories, and none of these have any nutritional value. The same goes with other alcoholic drinks as well, and as your body does not use up these calories—you GAIN WEIGHT!

Skipping a meal to make up for gained calories due to drinking is of no use, as drinking on an empty stomach makes you queasy and so you have to eat to make that queasy feeling to go way. But then your control over your eating habits is also affected and you end up eating a lot more HIGH CALORIE comfort food.

Also alcohol leads to water loss through expanded pee, and the body looses important and vital minerals which are required to maintain fluid balance in the body. So, DEHYDRATION!
The salty foods like chips and peanuts makes you thirsty and you end up drinking more. Then again dehydration making you feel queasy, leading to more craving for food and so it keeps continuing like a circle which has no end.

Your body’s digestive system slows down by some 70 percent. Which means your body’s capacity to burn fat also slows down significantly, and in its place will start flushing out. Food and juices are easily digested by the body’s digestive system, but alcohol is more easily absorbed by the stomach and small intestine and is then delivered to the brain and liver. The liver converts alcohol into fat, which is stored in your body, and in the long run becomes the reason for weight gain.

Your average beverage, the wine to compliment your dinner, technically speaking, is the trigger to gain weight. Stating that alcohol consumption means weigh gain might be a more effective way to reach out to discourage drinking alcohol, than saying it leads to health problems which lead to death. After all, WHO WISHES TO BE CALLED FAT!

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Quit Alcohol For Improved Mental Health, Say Researchers

In fact, anyone can benefit from sobriety because the potential benefits of alcohol do not outweigh its known harm and risks

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Bottles of Alcohol. Wikimedia Commons

By Bharat Upadhyay

If you thought moderate drinking would not do you much harm, think again. Researchers have found that quitting alcohol completely may improve mental well-being, especially for women.

Moderate drinking was defined as 14 drinks or less per week for men and 7 drinks or less per week for women.

The study found that men and women who were lifetime abstainers had the highest level of mental well-being at the start of the study.

For women who were moderate drinkers and quit drinking, quitting was linked to a favourable change in mental well-being, showed results published in the journal CMAJ.

While the study was conducted on Chinese and American populations, experts have said that the results could apply to Indian populations too.

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An estimated 53 million adults — experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking in the last 12 months. Pixabay

According to Naveen Kumar, Consultant Gastroenterology, Narayana Superspecialty Hospital in Gurugram, quitting alcohol even for a month could help in repairing the gut and metabolic system and alleviate its symptoms. It will help in boosting long-term health and can provide a healthier quality of life.

“Abstinence from alcohol is mandatory for a healthier brain and liver, a stronger immune system and heart, especially in women as alcohol effects are more harmfully serious on women, considering their metabolism and estrogen levels,” Kumar told IANS.

In fact, anyone can benefit from sobriety because the potential benefits of alcohol do not outweigh its known harm and risks.

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“Alcohol works in a way that may depress our central nervous system and may fluctuate our mood as it lowers the levels of serotonin in our brain. Regular consumption changes the chemistry of the brain and results in the depletion of our mental health,” Mrinmay Kumar Das, Senior Consultant at Jaypee Hospital in Noida told IANS.

“To increase the brain volume and to deal with all sorts of situations, abstinence is required,” he added. (IANS)