Quitting alcohol Can Improve Mental Health in Women

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This is very true that intoxication of any substance is always bad. Here intoxication of alcohol is highlighted. It destroys an individual may be men or women. Hence it is very important to be away from alcohol. Not only quitting is good for women rather equally important for men too. Even the mental health of men too will be improved on quitting alcohol. But why specifically this article is speaking on women, because women are very sensitive and will have a quick effect on the brain and moreover they have the capacity to do multitasking work. It is the inborn characteristic of women (stereotype), so if women mental health goes bad then indirectly it will be affecting many things simultaneously. Hence, a woman has to remain mentally strong and if women get addicted then she should try every possible method to get away from its grab. An addict can never be healthy or happy. Addiction is like cutting one’s own feet with an axe. Alcohol numbs the nerves and makes them sleepy. The nervous system including the sensory nerves becomes action there is a lack of vitality and the addicts slowly and gradually surrender moving on the path to self-destruction. Family and social life also are affected. This is only the reason for the increasing crime rates in society.

Though it is controversial some women say taking a glass of wine keeps them boosted mentally. They feel good and relaxed. But studies also reported that Women quitting alcohol had improved their mental health many times. Researchers had reported recently in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) that quitting alcohol will keep women cognitively sound and healthy.

Herbert Pang, one of the study co-authors and an assistant professor at the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong, said with respect to moderate drinking the risks and benefits are not very clear, but one thing is sure, quitting alcohol will definitely keep women calm, cool and peaceful.

Researchers in their studies on the alcohol habits experimented on 10,000 people in Hong Kong and more than 31,000 people in the U.S. It was observed that women, who didn’t drink alcohol at all, reported the highest levels of mental well-being. So, quitting alcohol is a boon for well being

It was suggested by Dr. Michael Ni, School of Public Health and the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Hong Kong (HKU) that moderate drinking is a part of a healthy diet. But the combined studies carried out Dr. Xiaoxin Yao, Dr. Michael Ni, Dr. Herbert Pang and colleagues at HKU on 10,386 people from the family of Cohort in Hong Kong who were nondrinkers or moderate drinkers (less than 14 drinks per week for men and less than 7 drinks per week for women) between 2009 and 2013. The data were compared with the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions of 31, 079 people on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the United States.

It was found, that the mean age of participants in the family Cohort was 49 years in which 56% women and 64% men were abstainers but earlier they used to drink and almost 88% of women were nondrinkers.  Quitting alcohol by Men and women for a lifetime had the highest level of mental well-being. Quitting alcohol was linked to a positive change in mental well-being in both Chinese and American study populations.

Dr. Ni said the “Global alcohol utilization is likely to continue to increase unless the effective approach is applied.

If one thinks that drinking alcohol or taking just one or two pegs is normal and will not harm the health, then sorry, it is a wrong misconception. It is found that quitting alcohol is the best habit which can improve mental health, especially for women. So ladies, please motivate yourself for non-alcoholic drinks, mocktails and try quitting alcohols completely.

Generally, it is said that a minimum of 14 drinks per week for men and seven or less than seven drinks per week for women affects mental health. So, drinking and excessive drinking is bad for both men and women. Therefore, one should avoid as much as they can.

A senior consultant of Jaypee Hospital, Mrityam Kumar Das, said: “alcohol affects the nervous system and makes it slow and that is the reason the mood starts to distort, because of the reduced level of serotonin in our brain”. He further mentioned that its regular consumption would change the chemistry of the brain which could lead to deterioration of mental health. So quitting alcohol is only the remedy to get rid of ill mental health.

It was also estimated that if a 40-year-old drinking two glasses of wine a day can die two years earlier and was associated with a higher risk of stroke, fatal aneurysm and heart failure.

Quitting Alcohol is a Favorable Change in Mental Well Being



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