Because of potent antioxidants in red wine, it is common knowledge that it could help the heart. Research has proven that the drink could protect the arteries and even lower blood pressure. To obtain these benefits, though, you must stick to a minimal amount of wine. That is generally agreed to be one glass a day for women, and two for men. There is a fine line with alcohol, as any more than that and the health benefits start to disappear.
That one or two glass maximum is really important. Alcohol is a major risk actor for illness. Alcohol causes four percent of all global disease. It’s proven to contribute to obesity, heart problems, diabetes and, of course, liver damage.
Of course, it’s also common knowledge that alcohol is one of the most thoroughly abused substances in the world. Millions of Americans have problems with it, whether small or large. For those who want to take steps to curb their alcohol intake, here are some good tips to consider:
- Stick to a safe level of drinking. For men, that is up to two drinks a day and for women and the elderly, one drink a day. These are considered one drink: 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of spirits.
- Write out reasons why you want to cut down or stop. Choose how much you plan to drink based on these reasons. Keep a diary to mark your progress: write down each drink you have a day for three or four weeks straight. This might eliminate any false beliefs you have.
- Don’t keep booze at home, where temptation is king. When you do drink, do it slowly. Make it last a while. Or simply take a break from alcohol; pick a day or two every week when you will not drink. Then, try stopping for a full week. See how much better you feel, after which it might be easier to cut down for good.
- Don’t drink just because others are doing so. You don’t even have to accept a drink given to you. In social circumstances, figure out polite ways simply to say “no.”
- Stay active, whether it be exercise, sports, or simply spending time with your family in friends. Make sure you don’t sit around at home too much, because the temptation to drink will arise.
- Avoid temptations. Be wary of what times, places or people tend to lead to drinking even if you hadn’t planned on it. Even plan ahead — what will you do to avoid drinking when tempted?
- Don’t use emotions as an excuse. Try not to drink when angry or upset over a bad day. Break down any habits that lead to alcohol.