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Why You Should Drink Less Alcohol

A study by scientists at the University of Michigan has concluded that moderate alcohol consumption is safe for your health for the next 30 years. It may even improve your health by making you thinner. Alcohol also increases your risk of depression and heart disease. So keep your body healthy and active by cutting back on the booze… and not the beer.

Many of us consume two or more glasses of beer on every occasion. That’s far more than what is recommended for good health. Many people start by drinking wine, but if you want to have a healthier life, it’s better not to do so either (but that seems harder to stomach than the prospect of drinking more alcohol!). For the first few weeks of stopping (whether we do it right away or a couple of months later), it’s good to take the stress from drinking away. It often helps to try a wine coolers instead of just beer. Wine coolers are a healthier option: they’re made from fruit (which is high in antioxidants that protect your heart’s tissues), which means they’re less harmful to your heart than beer or spirits. But even a few glasses of wine can leave you feeling more at ease, and you may feel like it makes you more confident. But once you stop drinking for more than one week, you should take a break from alcohol for a few weeks — just to make sure you don’t have any withdrawal symptoms. Once you’ve let your body take a little rest, it will benefit from the relaxation and reduce its withdrawal symptoms. You can avoid alcohol’s harmful effects by not mixing it with foods that are high in sugar like ice cream, bread and soda pop. And avoid making alcohol into foods like margarine, jelly, and other dairy products.

The good news is that you don’t just start losing weight overnight. And that the weight gain is likely temporary. So if you’re already drinking a lot, perhaps you should reduce by a little more each time. You are likely to be able to gradually reduce how much you drink. Once you start cutting back, you might feel a little “hangry” for a few days (the brain’s reaction to having a meal containing carbohydrates and/or alcohol). It’s normal. Over time you will become more “normal.” Just be sure to keep your daily routine going — eating the same foods, watching your weight, exercising, etc.

Drink Less (and Enjoy Each Glass)

Here is what Dr. Mark Hyman, one of the world’s leading physicians of modern medicine, had to say about drinking: “Dyscontrol, i.e., consumption of large amounts of alcohol, results in the development of numerous diseases. These are the principal killers of humans, in terms of deaths from all causes including cardiovascular disease, liver diseases, suicide, accidents and homicide. The number of alcoholics in the United States today is more than the entire population of England and the Commonwealth of Nations. These diseases are all the result of excessive consumption of alcohol, either through drinking too much alcohol or drinking too little alcohol.” The University of Michigan researchers found the following about alcohol’s negative consequences:

Drinking increases the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or stroke-related death (5.5%);

It elevates the risk of dying (5.5%);

It increases the risk of dying in an accident or from a drug overdose (5.9%); and

It elevates the risk of dying from alcohol-related injuries (7.4%).

“A glass of wine or beer a day may be harmless, but it can be dangerous to drink too much,” Dr. Mark Hyman told Fox News . As a doctor, he believes: “It takes the life of an individual every day.”

Dr. Hyman says alcohol is a poison, and alcohol poisoning is the number one cause of preventable death in the US. The University of Michigan researcher, author of 10 books and one of the nation’s leading health researchers, has also published three books on health and nutrition. The following is a video about his new book, The Hygienist’s Prescription: How to Prevent, Diagnose and Treat the 10 Leading Health Problems in America .