The Surprising Health Benefits Of Drinking Beer – Part 1

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June 15 is National Beer Day in the United Kingdom, which appears to be an excellent excuse for anyone to enjoy 16 ounces of the amber nectar. I know it is far from June right now, but just for the topic’s sake. Did you know that a container of beer daily can be beneficial for you? A University in Pennsylvania directed research that happened a few years ago, with approximately 80,000 adult volunteers, have discovered that 16 ounces or two bottles of beer daily could help lessen the dangers of having a stroke or acquiring the cardiovascular diseases. Also, everyday consumption of a moderate amount of beer is proven to help slow the decrease of good cholesterol rather than not consuming a drink at all.

Truth be told, there are more astonishing advantages covering up in your half quart glass that you may not know. But always remember to control the amount of beer you are drinking.

Beer Lowers Your Risk Of Developing Kidney Stones.

A year ago, an examination proposed that the danger of having kidney stones diminishes with expanding the utilization of beer.

Dr. Tero Hirvonen, a Finnish researcher from the National Public Health Institute of Helsinki, utilized their investigation of 27,000 middle-aged men to infer that “each container of beer taken every day was evaluated to diminish risk by about 40 percent”.

Also, Dr. Hirvonen noticed that both water and liquor found in brew appeared to increase the excretion of liquid body waste and dilute urine. Alcohol could also make the discharge of calcium higher, which is said to be the main component of kidney stones.

Beer Delays The Onset Of Heart Attack

A research conducted by a team from Pennsylvania discovered that dark beer can could diminish the occurrence of cardiovascular failures.

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Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque (fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood) builds up inside your arteries. Dr. Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor and lead creator on a recent report, discovered that beer could cut the danger of Atherosclerosis by 50%.

Beer Decreases Your Chances Of Having A Stroke. 

Studies have manifested that in contrast with people who do not intake beer, individuals who intake reasonable measures can cut their possibilities of strokes by up to a 50pc.

The most common type of stroke, Ischemic stroke, happens like this: the blood clots, and it will hinder passage from artery to brain. But, the bloodstream improves significantly, and arteries become flexible with the help of beer. Thus, no blood coagulations would exist, and your possibility of having a stroke decreases.

Beer Keeps Your Bones Strong And Sturdy.

Beer is known to contain significant levels of silicon, a component that advances bone development.

However, studies from Tufts University in Massachusetts have found that a couple of glasses of beer daily could fundamentally diminish your danger of cracking bones, but exceeding that amount would raise the risk of breakages.

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Be mindful of the amount of beer you intake, especially when entering a bar. You might end up being drunk, lose balance, and result in fractures due to weakened bones.

There are more surprising benefits of beer drinking, which will be discussed next week. But in all honesty, this article is not saying that you have to consume alcohol every day. The dangers of it becoming in addiction are imminent, more so if you cannot control the intake.

Anyway, for sport, more benefits are coming up next week!

The Right Amount When Drinking – Is There Such A Thing?

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Alcohol is a depressant drug. Some of us drink alcohol to relax their body, to unwind, and to some, it is a stress reliever. Stress, in a simpler term, is a tense feeling mentally, physically, or emotionally. 

There many kinds and levels of stress, and it may influence your drinking frequency and quantity. But, is it okay to drink whenever we are stressed out?

Is Drinking An Acceptable Stress-Reduction Technique?

According to the Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of cardiology at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Kevin R. Campbell, drinking is an acceptable stress-reduction technique. Oh, for the love of God! With this, people will use it as an excuse to be drunk all the time! “I’m stressed. I will drink!” It could be a disaster, to be honest. 

Grabbing a bottle or two with colleagues after work can be an excellent way to relieve stress during work, sharing a couple of rounds with friends has a restorative power, and it helps you unwind and relax after a busy day. But, moderation is still the key, it is okay to have a glass of wine, but with multiple doses, it will get you addicted.

Addiction Realm

Addiction sounds unpleasant to us. Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to several medical and psychological problems and the risk of developing disorders and accidents related to alcohol.

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One of the things we should watch out is the vicious cycle-type of drinking situation. You drink at home after a stressful day, then the next day, you feel bad because you drink too much to the point of having a hangover, which will make your day more stressful.

The point here is, drink too much! Regulate the quantity of beer or wine you drink every night, a bottle or two is enough for you to wake up with no hangover.

Guidelines

Men drink more than women, but some women drink more than men too! For some, fifteen bottles are still not enough. But some also found it already excessive. With this logic, there is no fixed answer to how much alcohol you should drink in order not to have a bad hangover the next day. You set your guidelines concerning your lifestyle and family history.

So How Do I Do That?

“It’s all in the genes!” People usually say.

You should know your family background for any history of alcohol addiction. If there are few of your ancestors or relatives, then you are more at risk, and you must be aware of that. Also, you should have a healthy lifestyle to eat more nutritious foods and snacks, and you should mind your weight.  

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All in all, there are lots of ways to relieve stress and more healthily. Other than drinking, it best for you to engage in sports to reduce stress. It is healthier and no hangover the next morning. It will give you lots of benefits. If you find sports tiring, then you can always go to the gym!

Drinking is not the only stress reliever out there. It is not the only thing you can you with colleagues after a stressful day at work.

But if you still insist on drinking after work or alone at home, remember, drink moderately! We don’t want you to have a more stressful day at work due to hangover!

When Alcohol And Stress Collide

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Life in modern civilization can be very stressful. So much in contemporary society can cause individuals to feel excitement, anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness. Being exposed to extreme temperatures, illness, or injury can lead to physical stress. Fear, depression, or grief can lead to psychological stress.

The body has an extensive and complicated process of dealing with dangerous or harmful situations caused by stress. The body attempts to maintain homeostasis or a physiological balance.

Whenever the body undergoes stress, specific behavioral and physiological changes are mobilized through the endocrine and nervous systems. These changes aim to maintain homeostasis and to cope with stress.

Unfortunately, many individuals deal with stressful situations by turning to alcohol. However, alcohol can have a stressful effect on the physiological balance of the body.

Research studies have shown that alcohol has adverse physiological and psychological effects on the body. Research studies have also shown that alcohol may increase the symptoms of stress.

Alcohol may provide temporary relief such as relaxation and a positive feeling. However, heavy consumption of alcohol may cause psychological and medical problems.

How Alcohol Affects Stress

An individual’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system maintains the physiological balance of their body. However, the presence of alcohol places the body at an increased risk of harm.

More massive amounts of cortisol are released due to the presence of alcohol. This alters the chemistry of the brain. It resets what the body treats as the average physiological balance. The body’s hormonal balance is shifted by alcohol. It modifies how the body sees stress and how the body reacts to stress.

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The body is prevented by alcohol from going back to its original hormonal balance. The body then experiences allostasis wherein a new level of physiological functioning is set in the body.

The creation of a new hormonal balance in the body causes the body to deteriorate. It also makes serious diseases such as alcoholism more likely to occur.

Studies indicate that cortisol interacts with the pleasure or reward system of the brain. This contributes to the reinforcing effects of alcohol. This, in turn, forces drinkers to drink more to obtain the same result.

Cortisol promotes habit-based learning. This increases the risk of an individual turning into a habitual drinker. It also increases the risk of recovering alcoholic relapsing.

Researchers have found a connection between cortisol and the onset of metabolic disorders. They also found a link between cortisol and the emergence of psychiatric disorders like depression.

How Stress Affects Recovery From Alcoholism

Studies have shown that very stressed people would drink more alcohol. And the effect of stress on the individual can continue even after that individual gives up drinking. A correlation has been found between alcohol withdrawal symptoms and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system, which handles the body’s stress response.

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Many recovering alcoholics would start drinking again to ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Researchers are, therefore, attempting to come up with medications that will bring back balance to the stress-response system of the body to ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. This will help prevent recovering alcoholics from relapsing.

Research into the connection between alcohol and stress can assist medical professionals and healthcare providers. They can use the research findings to identify which of their patients are at greatest risk of relapsing during early alcohol recovery. The research can also assist patients to handle the way stress motivates them to drink.