Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Who the health knows: Does drinking reduce my stress?

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After a stressful day at work, what’s the first thing you reach for? Let me guess — a glass of wine? Maybe an ice-cold beer?

It’s a natural reaction to kick off your shoes and wind down mentally with a brewski in hand. But does alcohol actually alleviate your stress? 

Well, that’s tricky! Moderate doses of alcohol have been proven to reduce stress but that really depends on you and your situation — because if alcohol isn’t consumed in limited amounts with the right frame of mind, it will inevitably increase your stress levels.

Bob Barnett of upwave.com shares what’s really happening:

Alcohol reliably reduces the body’s physiological stress response. But you may need to get drunk to get that benefit every time, so it's... uh, not a good de-stressing strategy for the long run. Plus, alcohol isn't metabolized like other foods and drinks. The amount of energy it takes to metabolize large doses of alcohol causes more stress to the body, even if you feel relaxed. 

So if you can keep your drinking in check, go ahead and de-stress with some vino. If not, put the bottle down and check out these stress-busting tips from the experts, here.

Read the original article at upwave.com.

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