Do you enjoy a glass of red wine (or two or three) with dinner?
 
How about a few beers on weekends?
 
Isn’t red wine good for you?
 
Isn’t resveratrol anti-aging and good for the heart?
 
A recent study published in the Lancet reported that anything over 100g of alcohol a week may shorten your lifes!
 
This is equal to five standard 175ml glasses of wine or five pints of beer a week. And, not in one binge drinking session!
 
The study suggests that every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut a half hour from the lifespan of a 40-year-old.
 
Drinking more alcohol raises the risk of stroke, fatal aneurysm (a ruptured artery in the chest), heart failure and death.
 
Feel the need to cut down on your drinking?
 

Here are 3 tips to cut down on drinking:

  1. Measure your drinks. How much is in that glass of wine? Are you accidentally have 2 servings instead of 1?
  2. Don’t forget to eat. Do you usually eat light knowing that you’ll be saving your calories for alcohol? This is a surefire way to over-drink. Having a satisfied stomach reduces your craving for a drink, so eat a proper meal if you are planning on having alcohol.
  3. Avoid your triggers. Do you absolutely have to have a drink while you’re out with colleagues or at the hockey game? Avoid these situations. Remember your health is at stake.
 

Fake Sangria Recipe

  • 3 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 2 cups of decaffeinated iced tea (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • Thick slices of orange, lemon and lime
  • ¼ cup of ice
  • Stevia or maple syrup to taste
 

Reference:

 
Wood, Angela MWood, Angela M et al. Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies. The Lancet , Volume 391 , Issue 10129 , 1513 – 1523