For a good many of us, holiday revelry involves more than a meager tipple now and then. While we’re not saying you should watch the ice melt in your cocktail or throw out the bottle of 15 year old whiskey our boss gave you, it is important to have a healthy understanding on what is — let’s be honest — a pretty unhealthy pastime.
So let’s take a moment to embrace the real skinny on booze: studies that bolster the benefits of drinking have been severely undermined by recent, shocking research
which shows conclusively that drinking - even in moderation - is directly linked to seven different kinds of cancer — and this is in addition to the usual spread of diseases caused by substance abuse.
In fact, as little as three drinks per week has been shown to increase women’s risk of developing breast cancer by 15%. The risk goes up 10%
for every additional drink women regularly have per day. Studies have also shown the long lauded health benefits of wine are tied to the resveratrol in the grapes
, not the ethanol (i.e. the alcohol). This is pretty sobering information — but we’re not trying to scare you, simply inform you.
Just like eating those Santa-shaped gummies isn’t doing your body any favors, drinking wine isn’t actually doing you any good either, both physically or mentally. In addition to affecting your physiology, alcohol is a depressant, so it can reduce the quality of your mental health as well.
Booze and Brain Health
This hit to your mental health
is largely due to the fact that alcohol mimics serotonin in your body - the hormone that contributes to those feelings of happiness and well-being. Because your body is getting a serotonin-like response from an external avenue, it inhibits its production internally. While you’re drinking, you will likely feel good - feel happy - but when you stop, your body won’t have as much of those internal stores of happy hormone to balance you out. These will take a while to rebuild. In the meantime, you’ll feel anxious, depressed and generally miserable.
So, no, ultimately, drinking’s not going to do you any good, but we aren’t saying you shouldn’t do it — just like we haven’t said you shouldn’t eat the sugar cookies or the Santa gummies. We’re simply saying you shouldn’t kid yourself about the real effects of alcohol consumption, and if you do drink, you should do so from an educated vantage.