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Alcohol and Fitness - For People in a Hurry

Alcohol and Fitness - For People in a Hurry

Let’s talk about our favorite social lubricant alcohol.

Effects of Alcohol

Your body treats alcohol as a toxin. The toxicity of alcohol is further enhanced due to its byproduct of acetaldehyde, an even more toxic substance (carcinogen…cancer causing agent what sound effect.).

Let’s talk weight gain for a sec

Your Liver is the all-star player that turns your food into energy.

When you consume an alcoholic drink, your liver burns the alcohol off first. If it is “busy” getting rid of alcohol(toxin) those fats, sugars, and carbs that you are definitely eating while you socialize are simply stored as fat

So let’s face it we all are not going to quit so what can we do?

Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.

Examples of one drink include:

• Beer: 12 ounces or

• Wine: 5 ounces or

• Distilled spirits (80 proof): 1.5 ounces

Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits, such as:


They do exist but the cons overwhelm the mild benefits that are derived from additives to the alcoholic beverages.

The idea that drinking small amounts of alcohol will do you no harm is a myth, claims Professor David Nutt (Neuropsychopharmacologist is a science that examines the effects of drugs on the mind).

Binge drinking:

Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks within two hours for women and five or more drinks within two hours for men.

Excessive drinking can increase your risk of serious health problems, including:

  1. Increase Abdominal Fat

  2. Certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and liver

  3. Pancreatitis

  4. Sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease

  5. Heart muscle damage leading to heart failure

  6. Stroke

  7. High blood pressure

  8. Liver disease

  9. Suicide

  10. Accidental serious injury or death

  11. Brain damage and other problems in an unborn child

  12. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome

So drink less or not at all if you want to like to live a healthy life


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