March 14, 2023

The Link Between Alcohol and Perimenopause

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The Link Between Drinking Alcohol and Perimenopause Symptoms

Research shows that there is a link between drinking alcohol and perimenopause symptoms. Drinking alcohol, in general, can negatively affect your health, but if you’re currently going through perimenopause, the effects of alcoholic drinks can cause symptoms to worsen over time.

At a baseline, alcohol can make you dehydrated and affects sleep, making you wake up feeling not well-rested. Good quality sleep is important for a woman in perimenopause.

Furthermore, women in perimenopause experience hormonal changes that may cause changes in mood and some anxiety. Drinking alcohol can worsen mood symptoms like anxiety and cause your mood to drop. Additionally, alcohol can trigger hot flashes, which can diminish your sleep quality. 

Lifestyle Changes You can Make Today

While cutting alcoholic drinks completely may not be realistic for most, cutting back to a few drinks per week is the best way to start. Cutting alcohol completely will only make you feel bad about Below are some easy changes you can make to manage your symptoms:

  1. Limit the number of drinks
  2. Avoid binge-drinking
  3. Drink purer alcohol when you do drink – and smaller quantities
  4. Avoid sweet mixers
  5. Drink more water- before and after drinking alcohol
  6. Try not to eat on an empty stomach
  7. Don’t drink right before sleeping.

Learn more about perimenopause and the various symptoms associated with it.

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-Written by Paavana Varanasi

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