Debunking Comman Alcohol Myths

Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Health, Intresting Facts | 0 comments

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One of the biggest alcohol myths I”ve come across, is that drinking alcohol at night is better than drinking it during the day.

“When I drink at night, I sleep well,” is an excuse often heard around town. However, what most people do not realize is that the common notion of alcohol best being consumed at night-time is – a myth. In fact, the worst time to consume alcohol is at night.

Research has shown that the general recovery of tissues and cells takes place after 3-4 hours of deep sleep. This is a process called rejuvenation. A journal article by ”The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School” reads, “The major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release occur mostly, or in some cases only, during sleep.”

When we drink alcohol at night, the body treats it as a foreign substance and attempts to fight it as we sleep. Therefore, instead of the body relaxing, trying to rejuvenate and perform functions like muscle growth , tissue repair and the other restorative functions, our body ends up fighting the foreign substance we have consumed just before going to bed.

This basically means that because the body is unable to rejuvenate, people age faster, tire easily and suffer other consequences such as loss of health.

So, anyone still up for a nightcap?

Written by — AJ

 

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