Alcohol and The Relaxation Paradox
Sometimes after a difficult day, the idea of sitting down with a glass of wine sounds like the perfect thing to relax and unwind. The warm belly and pleasant buzz that can come from indulging in an adult beverage or two definitely feels good. While it’s true that alcohol produces a euphoric feeling initially, that happy vibe only lasts when blood alcohol is between .02-.03% which equates to about 1 drink lasting 60 minutes for the average person. The negative physical effects quickly follow. In fact, alcohol is said to be bi-phasic, or producing a quick “high” followed by a longer “low”.
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Despite what we may think about alcohol being relaxing, it is actually a potent stimulator of the stress hormone, cortisol. Short term, cortisol can make you feel depressed, fatigued, and irritable. It can rob you of your libido and your fertility. You might notice more back pain, acne, and even
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