What Alcohol Does to Your Body

by Jaime Brenkus

It’s been a stressful day. Work was long, the kids are acting up again, and dinner is not going to make itself. What sounds good right about now? A glass of wine.

We’ve all been there. Going out to get a couple of drinks with friends, wanting a glass of wine to relax, or eating dinner out with your spouse and drinking a few cocktails. Whatever the situation may be, it’s important to know what alcohol does to your body.

How does alcohol affect my health?

To put it short and sweet: your body doesn’t process alcohol in a way to intake nutrients because it has no nutrients. Basically, your body sees it as “extra calories” and stores it in other ways. Typically, that means fat.

Our bodies respond to the foods we eat and uses it as fuel or other bodily functions. Carbs are usually for fuel, protein for muscle recovery, and fats for hormone balance. But when it comes to alcohol, there is no typical “use,” other than getting a little buzz after a few drinks. Your body processes the alcohol but can’t use it as a function, so it stores it.

Will it make me gain weight?

Not necessarily. Ultimately, what will make you gain weight is having more calories than you burn every day. But what it will do is store it, since it can’t be used for energy, muscle recovery, or hormone balance.

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So what should I drink?

If you must drink alcohol, consider drinks with fewer calories. This could be a small glass of wine, any liquor with soda water, or a light beer. It would also be best to limit your alcohol to 1-2 drinks if you can.

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Another technique to use when you’re having a celebration or going out with your friends for a few cocktails is to consume fewer calories that day so you know you’re okay with your calorie total.

This could be eating less throughout the day, having a protein shake for breakfast, or substituting vegetables for carbs for the day. Ultimately, it is best to have an understanding of how many calories you eat per day.

No one is saying you can’t go out, celebrate, and have fun. Just be smart about it. Be conscious of your drinking habits and your waistline will thank you!

Last updated: 07.20.2018
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Written byJaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

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Written by Jaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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