Benefits of Drinking Less Alcohol

Once a week, even in the midst of a pandemic, it's recycling day in my neighborhood.

Everyone diligently trundles to the end of the driveway with their plastic bins, separated between paper and plastic & glass.

And as I've been walking the neighborhood on recycle day, one thing is clear: folks are drinking a lot of booze these days.

Look, I get this is a stressful time.

And, wine, beer and other alcohol surely helps take the edge off.

But there has to be a limit.

Because excess consumption can do a number on your health.

Overuse of alcohol has been linked to poor memory, increased stroke risk, and so much more.

Like sleep disturbances.

That's right, if you're enjoying a little "nightcap" before bed, believing it will help you sleep, think again.

While a glass of wine or a beer may have the immediate impact of helping you conk out faster, consuming before bed often leads to frequent awakenings and less restful sleep.

And those sleep disturbances often occur during the second part of the night when you're in the "REM" stage.

REM sleep is the stage of sleep when you dream and your brain is most active.

What's more, a night without deep sleep will only leave you exhausted and fatigued during the day.

It's a vicious cycle.

Bottom's best to lay off the alcohol before bed.

Alcohol consumption can also mess with your skin health, giving you a reddish complexion.

This happens because drinking alcohol can cause the blood vessels near your skin to expand, resulting in a flushed appearance.

It can also impact your skin because it's a natural diuretic, which can cause dehydration.

And dehydration=dry skin, which looks good on no one.

Because alcohol is a diuretic, it can also have a negative impact on your bladder health, particularly if you deal with incontinence or overactive bladder, because consumption increases the amount of urine you make.

Plus, if you drink too much, it can disrupt the signals that let you know when your bladder is full, leading to an "accident."

If you've been with me a while, you know I would never tell you to absolutely stop doing something, particularly something you enjoy in moderation.

Alcohol is no different.

But you've got to be smart about it.

Because the last thing you want is for the wine or beer you're drinking to ease your tension to interfere with your sleep, rob you of energy, and cause a host of other health problems which will only increase your stress.

Cheers (responsibly).

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Frankie Mitchell - April 26, 2021

I get about. 300 emails every day!!!! When I see Jeff Reagan’s name I immediately open his message. I think I am in love with him!!!! Don’t worry Jeff……..I am almost 90 years old!! 😊

My brother was 88 when he died from covid. He was over weight, loved to eat sugary food and probably didn’t eat enough veggies and fruit. He never smoked and he didn’t drink alcohol.

My mother taught me about good nutrition. I have a book she gave me “Food Remedies.”. Every day I try to eat 8 fresh veggies, 2 – 3 fruits, walnuts, 2 slices of whole wheat bread, drink green tea and 2 – 3 cups of decaf coffee. I try not to eat anything with sugar or white flour.

I have forgotten my doctor’s name and I take no prescription drugs. I do take vitamins and low dosage aspirin every day.

Jeff……please keep writing your no-nonsense articles. My wise mother was 101 when she died.

This is long……you don’t have to print it. I just wanted an excuse to say hello to Jeff. Keep up the good work!!!

Frankie Mitchell
Irwin County, Georgia

GAIL - October 14, 2020

I want to thank you and yours for all you do for so manny of us. i grew up on a farm and got used to the real deal when it came to food. My family thnks you!!

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