Here is an important point about drinking:

IF YOU DON’T ALREADY DRINK, HEALTH EXPERTS RECOMMEND YOU DON’T START!

This is a pretty important sign that alcohol isn’t beneficial for us and that drinking excessively is detrimental to our health. Illness due to heavy alcohol consumption is a major problem; it is also a scary problem.

I can hear peoples’ responses to this, such as, ‘Drinking in moderation is actually good for you!’. What is moderation though? It is less than 7 standard drinks a week, with no more than 3 standard drinks in one sitting. This refers to standard drinks… A glass of wine is well over a standard drink.

If you are drinking a glass of wine or a bottle of beer every night, statistically you have gone past the limits of moderation and are heading into heavy consumption territory. This means that your drinking is having a negative effect on your health. It is a habit that is literally shortening lives!!

If you are aiming to lose fat, a nightly wine or beer will surely halt any progress. Excessive alcohol consumption brings with it a host of negative impacts to the heart, brain, immune system, hormone function and the liver. Alcohol also negatively impacts metabolism. It can cause:

* Weight gain

* Loss of bone density

* Osteoporosis

* Muscle damage

* Changes to fat metabolism.

Why will alcohol stall weight loss?

If we add alcohol to our food intake, such as our nightly dinner, it can lead to weight gain and even obesity as the alcohol contains excessive calories and also causes problems with nutrient utilisation and absorption. Alcohol cannot be stored as energy in the body; however, it has 7 calories per gram. The body will therefore use the alcohol as fuel (energy) and things like fats, proteins and carbohydrates will be displaced whilst the body burns off the alcohol. There is no clearer way to explain why alcohol may be preventing any positive body composition changes when you are training hard. You can’t out train a crap diet, or in this case…You can’t out train your drinking habit.

Is alcohol really that important to you? Or has it become a comforting habit that is causing you (unknown) negative health consequences?

Oh, and another thing… Maybe you are drinking at night as you think it helps you sleep? Alcohol may make you feel like you’re tired, it may even ‘knock you out’, nonetheless, it is actually disrupting your sleep. This is not disputable. This we know for sure! Alcohol does not improve sleep quality.

Here is some good news:

Alcohol can be enjoyed every once in a while. We live in a culture where drinks are enjoyed socially, which is great — enjoy those times. It could be improving your enjoyment of life, which is great. However, a habit of drinking every night is only bringing negative impacts to your life.