Mental Health

Quitting Alcohol May Improve Women’s Mental Health

It has shown that the quitting of the alcohol showed the reversion of the related brain injury and reduced the stress among the people who are once drinkers especially women

It was said there are lots of health benefits by taking moderate level of alcohol especially for adults who are aged more than 50 years. Moderate drinking was defined as 14 drinks or less per week for men and 7 drinks or less per week for women.

The Benefits of having moderate alcohol as per researchers are

  • Alcohol as a blood thinner enhances cardio vascular health.
  • Antioxidants found in alcohol are very important to good health.
  • Moderate alcohol consumption can lower the incidence of coronary heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, as well as result in an overall reduction in mortality.
  • Higher bone density in postmenopausal women.

As per other recent research the young are more likely to die from alcohol consumption than they are to die from a lack of drinking, but older people are more likely to experience the health benefits of moderate drinking.

But in the recent study, researchers analyzed the drinking habits and self-reported levels of mental health of more than 10,000 people in Hong Kong;
In both groups, men and women who were lifetime abstainers — those who didn’t drink any alcohol at all at any point in their lives — reported the highest levels of mental well-being.

In fact, women who stopped drinking approached the highest levels of mental health reported by lifetime abstainers within four years.

It has shown that the quitting of the alcohol showed the reversion of the related brain injury and reduced the stress among the people who are once drinkers.

Trying out the ‘sober-curious’ movement:

A new alcohol-related trend has started to take hold that defies all that: The sober curious movement. In a nutshell, identifying as sober curious means you know from experience that alcohol doesn’t make you feel great and you don’t drink it often, but you’re not willing to put an all-or-nothing label on yourself.

When people get sober, they a lot of times will feel calmer, their anxiety diminishes and there’s less irritability. They just say, ‘Wow, that’s a better place to be,’” said Dr. James C. Garbutt, a psychiatry professor at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina, who was not involved in the study.

He said that he has observed the beneficial effects of quitting both in men and women.

Though the alcohol does relieve anxiety at first, it also helps activate systems in the brain that make anxiety worse later, leading to a cycle of, “I need more alcohol to relieve my anxiety, which makes my anxiety worse, so I need more to relieve it,” Garbutt added.

Quitting alcohol may improve health-related quality of life for women, especially their mental well-being, according to a study from Hong Kong published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

More evidence suggests caution in recommending moderate drinking as part of a healthy diet,” says Dr. Michael Ni, School of Public Health and The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Hong Kong (HKU).

The study carried out by Dr. Xiaoxin Yao, Dr. Michael Ni, Dr. Herbert Pang and colleagues at HKU included 10 386 people from the FAMILY Cohort in Hong Kong who were nondrinkers or moderate drinkers (14 drinks or less per week for men and 7 drinks or less per week for women) between 2009 and 2013.

Is it safe for women to drink alcohol?

For women who were moderate drinkers and quit drinking, quitting was linked to a favorable change in mental well-being in both Chinese and American study populations.

These results were apparent after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, body mass index, smoking status, and other factors.
“Global alcohol consumption is expected to continue to increase unless effective strategies are employed,” says Dr. Ni.

“Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life. Instead, quitting drinking may be associated with a more favorable change in mental well-being, approaching the level of lifetime abstainers.”

“Change in moderate alcohol consumption and quality of life: evidence from two population-based cohorts” is published July 8, 2019. (source)

According to Naveen Kumar, Consultant Gastroenterology, Narayana Superspecialty Hospital in Gurugram, quitting alcohol even for a month could help in repairing the gut and metabolic system and alleviate its symptoms. It will help in boosting long-term health and can provide a healthier quality of life.

“Abstinence from alcohol is mandatory for a healthier brain and liver, a stronger immune system and heart, especially in women as alcohol effects are more harmfully serious on women, considering their metabolism and estrogen levels,” Kumar told IANS.In fact, anyone can benefit from sobriety because the potential benefits of alcohol do not outweigh its known harm and risks.

“Alcohol works in a way that may depress our central nervous system and may fluctuate our mood as it lowers the levels of serotonin in our brain. Regular consumption changes the chemistry of the brain and results in the depletion of our mental health,” Mrinmay Kumar Das, Senior Consultant at Jaypee Hospital in Noida told IANS.

To increase the brain volume and to deal with all sorts of situations, abstinence is required,” he added. (source)

apart from this Heavy drinking is linked to a range of serious health consequences.
These include certain cancers, liver and heart disease, and damage to the nervous system, including the brain.

CONCLUSION:

It has shown that the quitting of the alcohol showed the reversion of the related brain injury and reduced the stress among the people who are once drinkers.

past many types of research have proved the health benefit of the alcohol taken in moderate amounts to physical health, but coming to mental health, it has proved to be quite opposite.

Especially for women who were moderate drinkers and quit drinking, quitting was linked to a favorable change in mental well-being in both Chinese and American study populations.

These results were apparent after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics, body mass index, smoking status, and other factors.

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