Looking forward to a day out with your other half? Well, next week is another reason for a dinner with a lovely drink, isn’t it? However, from Christmas – the exuberant dining and imbibing, we plunged headlong into New Year’s resolutions! All that extra indulgence had to be dealt with! By the end of January, our resolve had been tested and some of us may already have fallen. Is it you? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there may be temptations galore yet again!

Do you know how much you drink?

Therefore, staying well informed is one way to prevent excessive consumption of alcoholic spirits and sugary foods during celebrations. Many people are surprised to learn what counts as one drink. The amount of liquid in your glass, can, or bottle does not necessarily match up to how much alcohol is actually in your drink. Different types of liquor can have very different amounts of alcohol content. That’s why it’s important to know how much alcohol your drink contains.

US vs the UK

In the United States, one “standard” drink (or one alcoholic drink equivalent) contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol,1 which is found in:

  • 12 fluid ounces of regular beer, usually about 5% alcohol.
  • 5 fluid ounces of wine, typically about 12% alcohol.
  • 5 fluid ounces of distilled spirits, about 40% alcohol.

In the United Kingdom, most spirits sold have 40% ABV or slightly less. In England, a single pub measure (25 ml) of a spirit contains one unit. Seems like, a larger 35 ml measure is increasingly used (and in particular is standard in Northern Ireland), which contains 1.4 units of alcohol at 40% ABV.  One unit of alcohol (UK) is defined as 10 millilitres (8 grams) of pure alcohol. Typical drinks (i.e., typical quantities or servings of common alcoholic beverages) may contain 1–3 units of alcohol. For your understanding, a large (250 ml) glass of 12% ABV red wine has about three units of alcohol. A medium (175 ml) glass has about two units.2

The daily allowance

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, moderate drinking is up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.3

Know-How of drinking

One way to keep yourself from overindulging is to slow down the pace of drinking and to eat something at the same time. Dietician Cynthia Sass recommends eating something that has protein, fat or both. The reason being, those two empty out of the stomach slower. She explains that they create a better buffer than carbohydrates.4 She also suggests a glass of {alkaline}5 water with each alcoholic drink, then adding another glass of water before your next beverage. She adds that “mock-tails” are a great alternative to alcohol when you are staying within your limit. Mock-tails often have sparkling water, berries and herbs to make them taste delicious without the alcohol content.

Alcohol is a BIG no, no for you if…

Certain people should avoid alcohol completely, including those who:

  • Plan to drive or operate machinery, or participate in activities that require skill, coordination, and alertness.
  • Take certain over-the-counter or prescription medications.
  • Have certain medical conditions.
  • maybe recovering alcoholics or are unable to control the amount that they drink.
  • younger than age 21.
  • Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Health alert

Most people recognize that alcohol can do serious damage to the liver when used in excess. Furthermore, your immune system takes a hit, too. Did you know that even one night of drinking too much liquor can impair your body’s ability to evade infections, for up to 24 hours afterwards?6 Any individual prone to colds or sinus infections should monitor alcohol intake to avoid illness this winter. To help stay on the Active Wellness path, Jade Greenzymes and Kenzen® Cleanse & Detox are two of my favourite organic supplements that help counteract the possible effects of overindulgence!

Wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year of the Rat—full of prosperity and moderate indulgences in a healthy life of Active Wellness!

And Happy Valentine’s Day!

Helping you to take a break or a hiatus with added value!

Lucie

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/what-standard-drink

2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_of_alcohol

3 https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/moderate-binge-drinking

4 https://abc7.com/4767686/

5  Friends shared that drinking pure, clean alkaline water at a party helped them be in a merry mood but not feel trashy the following day.

6 https://www.keckmedicine.org/how-too-many-drinks-during-the-holidays-can-be-bad-for-your-health/