Research published last year in The Lancet concluded that no amount of alcohol consumption is healthy. One concern, often overlooked, is the high caloric and sugar intake that comes with many alcoholic beverages. For example, craft beers often have more alcohol than traditional macro-beers. And more alcohol means more calories. Tequila, vodka, rum, and gin have zero grams of carbohydrates, so they don’t raise blood sugar, as long as you drink them straight up. If you have diabetes, you should count one drink as two fat exchanges.
However, perhaps of greater concern are the effects of being intoxicated—the number of fatal, alcohol-related vehicle accidents is staggering; the effects of parental alcoholism on children is disastrous, while families as a whole are traumatized; judgment is severely impaired; and feelings are numbed.
In addition to excessive sugar consumption, there are other consequences to one's health due to drinking. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much—on a single occasion or over time—can take a serious toll. Symptoms may include:
Having grown up in a family where alcohol was regularly consumed by a parent, as well as by an older sibling—although they didn’t seem to be “drunk,” so to speak—it was obvious to me that daily imbibing benefited no one. On one occasion when I was in college, at a celebratory event I drank too much and vomited, which taught me a lesson. After that incident, I would occasionally have a glass of wine with a meal. However, eventually I decided alcohol was not a healthy choice and did not drink it again—much to my benefit.
Dear reader, what has been your experience with alcohol—positive or negative? It would be much appreciated if you would share your experiences and the impact they had on your life. All comments are welcome!
All alcohol is metabolized as pure sugar. This is far more consequential than counting calories. Insulin is secreted from the Isles of Langerhans in the pancreas. Too much circulating insulin leds to "Syndrome X," and
Type II diabetes; activation of the adrenal glands, producing excess circulating cortisol which produces inflammation, the underlying component of most all disease. If the Isles of
Langerhans do not function, Type I Diabetes occurs. Insulin is arguable the most important, consequentially, after our sex hormones. Alcohol immediately activates a rush of Insulin, seriously consequential. Alcohol should not be regarded as an "exchange for two fats..." (Fats do Not implicate insulin.)
I would like to thank Dr. Jeannette Gagan for her latest information on alcohol - and All her
Other many informative posts. All this work takes an enormous amount of caring time!
So, gain, Thank you, dear Jeannette!