Binge Drinking and Beer Bellies

Today beer guts or beer bellies are everywhere. These eye-catching beer guts are unfortunately and an all-too-common affliction of modern society’s affection for booze, a sedentary lifestyle and an abundance of fast food.

Often, a large bulging beer belly is accompanied by fat in other areas of the body, especially a man’s chest. According to the experts, men who booze to excess tend also to produce increased levels of estrogen, the female hormone, while at the same time producing less testosterone, the male hormone. For hardened male boozers, the risk of developing breast-like tissue is indeed disturbing news.

Did you know that . . .
. . . a pint of beer contains about 200 calories? So even a modest couple of pints on the way home from work five days a week can rack up the equivalent of an entire day’s calorie allowance. Now that’s booze for thought!

Tips for Trimming Beer Bellies

Most beer lovers know that their beer consumption is getting out of hand when they develop a beer gut and an expanding waistline. Doing something about it, however, is a different matter. Biting the bullet and cutting down on the booze is easier said than done, particularly with a stressful lifestyle and well-developed habit. However, it is possible.

Just bear in mind that reducing the size of your beer belly is not an all-or-nothing situation. Beer bellies can be beaten with a few modest adjustments to your lifestyle that will enable you to tighten your belt and trim your tummy. Here’s how:

  • Think positive: Remind yourself that notching up those extra beers not only costs you money but can possibly lead to hangovers and liver damage.
  • Review your overall diet: Beer guts are often caused by a poor diet, as well as by excessive beer consumption. Review your eating patterns. Aim to eat a balanced diet: a realistic healthy diet you can live with is better than a diet specifically targeted at weight loss.
  • Exercise: For best results, concentrate on toning exercises that work those abdominal muscles, such as resistance or light-weight training. Swimming and yoga are also great for overall toning.
  • Change your daily routine: As with smoking, beer drinking has more to do with habit. You can successfully break that habit by making a few minor changes. Introduce an element of distraction into your daily routine with simple activities that you enjoy.
  • Food and alcoholic beverages: Drink alcohol only with food, as this tends to restrict your alcoholic intake and discourages binge drinking.

Health Benefits of Beer Drinking

Contrary to popular belief, all is not doom and gloom for those who enjoy moderate beer consumption.The health benefits for those who drink beer in moderation include reduced risks of developing cardiovascular and coronary disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity and possibly even arthritis.

Moderate beer consumption has also been shown in studies to improve bone density and to protect against stomach ulcers and gallstones. In addition, beer contains proteins, iron and vitamin B, as well as hops that are known for their sedative effect.

Binge Drinking

Research has shown that binge drinking can result in a wide range of health problems including:

  • liver damage
  • alcoholism
  • addiction
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • brain damage
  • fetal damage in pregnancy
  • memory loss
  • impaired cognitive ability
  • dementia
  • cancer.

Hangovers Explained

Hangovers occur when the body can’t cope with a heavy-boozing, binge drinking session. As the liver goes into overdrive in an attempt to process the excess alcohol, it also produces toxic chemicals that cause the body to become dehydrated.

Hangovers produce flu-like symptoms including lethargy, headache, sickness, palpitations, shaking, nausea, dehydration, impaired memory and judgment and poor physical coordination. Regular hangovers often result in liver damage that may prove fatal.

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