A new study has found that women can boost their brain activity if they give up alcohol completely. Though there are studies that show how moderate drinking might help in stabilising brain activity, the new study now shows that those women who refrain from drinking enjoy the highest level of mental well-being. The study that was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, says that it takes around four years for female alcohol quitters to reach the level of mental well-being of lifetime abstainers. The important takeaways from the study are:
- Global alcohol intake is rising and it is also becoming a major cause behind the rise in diseases globally. It also a major preventable risk factor behind cardiovascular disease.
- There is still scepticism regarding moderate drinking and its effects on a being. Cross-national studies suggest not more than 100g per week alcohol consumption for both men and women. This is considered as a low limit of alcohol consumption.
A new global study has now challenged the concept of a lower limit for alcohol or the concept of safe drinking.
- A new global study has now challenged the concept of a lower limit for alcohol or the concept of safe drinking. In fact, these alcoholic beverages have been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This indicates that the researches on the level of consumption of alcohol might prove to be very helpful in gauging the health-related quality of life.
- A randomised control trial (RCT) showed that moderate initialisation of drinking has no effect on the quality of life. Men and women who were lifetime abstainers had the highest level of mental well-being at baseline.
- However, female quitters developed a better mental well-being than the female abstainers on the whole. However, this relation between male persistent drinkers and quitters was not validated.
- In contrast, initiation and persistent moderate drinking for four years were not associated with better mental or physical well-being. These results remained consistent after adjustment for sociodemographic characteristics, BMI, smoking status, self-reported diseases, and physical activity.
“I don't drink because I feel drinking numbs your senses and I don't want that. People say it gives you high and makes you feel happy. But why do we want to rely on something so addictive to be happy? I would rather take charge of my own life than depending on alcohol for helping me ride over difficult situations.” says Charvi Kathuria.
If a woman and a man drink the same amount of alcohol, the alcohol level in woman's blood will always be higher.
According to drinkaware.co, alcohol affects women negatively as it makes them more vulnerable to diseases like breast cancer and affects fertility too. If a woman and a man drink the same amount of alcohol, the alcohol level in woman's blood will always be higher. Even if she is fatter than the man, she'll still have a higher level of alcohol in the blood. Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer among women and of all the alcohol-related deaths, most of them occur due to cancer. In fact, the more a woman drinks, the more she has a risk of developing cancer. Additionally, alcohol can affect a woman's menstrual cycle too.