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#9: The Effects of Alcohol on Women Over 40: What You Need to Know

Managing Drinking Habits

Are you struggling with managing your alcohol consumption while trying to lose weight or navigate unwanted midlife symptoms? You might find yourself drinking more than intended, especially during social events, which can sabotage your health goals. Here are some actionable strategies to help manage your drinking and support your health goals.

Understanding the Impact of Alcohol on Weight

Drinking alcohol can increase your calorie intake significantly, often leading to weight gain. Understanding how alcohol affects your body and weight can empower you to make more informed decisions about your drinking habits.

Understanding the Impact of Alcohol on Your Body When You’re Over 40

As you transition through midlife, the effects of alcohol on your body can become more pronounced. During this stage, your metabolism slows down, which means alcohol is not processed as quickly as it once was, leading to prolonged effects and increased potential for weight gain. Additionally, alcohol can exacerbate symptoms of perimenopause and menopause such as hot flushes and night sweats. It also impacts sleep quality, which is crucial for overall health and hormone regulation in midlife. Understanding these changes is vital to manage alcohol consumption thoughtfully, helping you maintain your health and wellbeing as your body evolves.

The Role of the Brain in Drinking Habits

Our brain seeks to avoid pain and pursue pleasure, which can make it easy to reach for a drink. Understanding this can help you mitigate the pleasure-seeking behaviour that leads to over-drinking.

Building a New Relationship with Alcohol

Redefining your relationship with alcohol involves creating new associations and responses. This might include setting limits, finding joy in non-alcoholic activities, and redefining what fun and relaxation mean to you.

Planning for Success

Anticipate situations where you might be tempted to over-drink and plan accordingly. Decide in advance how much you’re comfortable drinking during various scenarios, like holidays or social gatherings.

Trust and Self-Belief: Regaining Control

Developing trust in yourself is essential. Believing that you can stick to your planned intake and manage your drinking responsibly will boost your confidence and help maintain your commitments.

Empowering Yourself for Change

Alcohol can often affect us differently during perimenopause and menopause. Our bodies can be less effective at removing the toxins from alcohol, leaving us more tired. It’s a huge sleep disruptor too. Even if you get straight off to sleep, the chances are the quality of sleep is significantly impaired. The side effect of feeling exhausted can really hinder our health efforts. The last thing we want to eat is a salad when we feel like that! Remind yourself that this is a stage in life where it’s crucial to nourish your body if you want to truly feel your best. Feel empowered over change and take charge of your health.

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