You might think that one or more drinks at bedtime would help you sleep. It’s true that alcohol usually helps you fall asleep and stay asleep for the first few hours, but it actually disturbs sleep patterns: it can cause wakefulness during the night, and sometimes makes you wake up early in the morning, unable to go back to sleep. Not to mention that alcohol relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract, making you more likely to snore!
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How sweet it is to wake up without a headache or a hangover! Drinking too much affects almost every part of the body, and the organs “under attack" have to defend themselves. While reactions and their severity vary from one person to the next, sticking to the recommended drinking guidelines and limiting your intake of artificially sweetened alcoholic beverages definitely minimizes the adverse effects.
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In Quebec, as is common around the world, nearly all sports are sponsored by alcoholic beverage companies, but that doesn’t meant that alcohol and sports go well together. In fact, it’s better when they keep their distance from each other. Alcohol is no help either in preparing for or recovering from physical activity. The fact is, drinking alcohol before or during sports reduces your endurance and may increase your risk of injury. And drinking right after working out or engaging in sports prevents the body from recovering properly because alcohol affects various metabolic processes and overall well-being. So wait until well after you’re done to have a drink.
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You may have heard the expression, "The more you drink, the less you taste.” And it’s true. Excessive drinking has a direct impact on your physical and mental capacity to taste and appreciate what you’re drinking. It also has an impact on your wallet. When you stick to the recommended drinking guidelines, you can afford to drink better products and prioritize quality over quantity.
In Quebec, moderation is a well-established and socially accepted cultural value. Impaired driving is on the decline, particularly thanks to the increasing use of designated drivers. However, the same person often gets to be the designated driver, over and over. Wouldn’t it be nice to have other options? If everyone sticks to the recommended drinking guidelines, then everyone can manage their blood alcohol level better, and more people can serve as designated drivers.
All alcoholic beverages are made either by fermenting natural sugars from fruits or grains or by distilling those fermented beverages. Whether you’re drinking wine (95-225 calories per serving) or beer (90-220 calories per serving), be aware that there are about 7 calories per gram of alcohol, and then you have to consider any added sugar or fruit juice. What’s more, alcohol slows the elimination of fat, since the calories from alcohol are burned very quickly – before the calories from fat. Drinking thus promotes the accumulation of fat, mainly belly fat, which is common among heavy drinkers. So sticking to the recommended drinking guidelines will help you keep your weight under control!
If you exceed the recommended drinking guidelines, you risk experiencing a gradual decline in attentiveness, concentration and judgment, which may extend into the next day. This is one of the characteristic effects of excessive drinking, even when it is occasional. Regular heavy drinking can have an even more significant impact on cognitive abilities and, in combination with other associated factors, it can affect concentration in an ongoing way. Sticking to the recommended drinking guidelines helps you focus on what you’re doing.
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In small quantities, alcohol may make you feel happy, confident and relaxed. But in excessive quantities, it is more likely to make you feel sad, depressed, irritable and impatient. Everyone reacts differently to alcohol, and in some people, it can bring out certain negative traits, making them a lot less patient with friends, co-workers and anyone else around them. Sticking to the low-risk drinking guidelines limits these unpleasant behavioural impacts: when you’re in a better mood, the general atmosphere tends to improve, too.
of intimate relations
Attraction and alcohol seem the perfect pairing. Whether a relationship is just getting started or already in full bloom, alcohol is often part of the equation, as many people use it to relax and feel more comfortable. Rarely does a romantic encounter take place without a glass of something in hand, because alcohol eases amorous or sexual interactions with long-time beloveds and new conquests alike. The disinhibiting effect of alcohol may, in fact, help lead to intimacy; on the other hand, abusive drinking can lead straight to disaster, in terms of both the relationship and sex. When taken in more than moderate amounts, alcohol can generate a series of problems—in particular, it can make the intoxicated person more vulnerable to various types of sexual violence. Respecting the recommended limits can help the development of intimate relations.
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