If you have been drinking heavily for a long period of time, chances are that you don’t look too great. You are either skinny or way too overweight, you may also have skin that looks years older than your actual age or spider veins (capillaries) on your face. Long-term alcohol drinking causes malnutrition so maintaining a proper diet is of utmost importance when you’ve decided to cut down or abstain from alcohol.
Alcohol dulls the senses of taste and smell. If you are drinking heavily, you will not feel like eating because you are already consuming a lot of calories. You may also tend to snack on a lot of fattening foods such as chips and salted nuts or pizza while drinking alcohol According to MyDrinkaware , calories contained in alcoholic beverages range from beer and lager (200-300 calories per pint), vodka or gin with a non-sugary mixer (70 calories per unit/shot) to red wine (120 calories per 175ml glass). Do the math. Is it any wonder that you have a beer belly?
People who have been abusing alcohol on a long time can appear to be skinny instead of overweight. This is linked both to the decreased absorption of nutrients as well as the chronic lifestyle of alcoholics. Their poor dietary habits lead to the body breaking itself down to obtain the nutrients that their food-deprived body needs. Certain alcoholics vomit up food because their stomach linings are so badly corroded by the acid that the consumption of alcohol generates. Most of us who drink occasionally can attest to the fact that even one night of heavy drinking can cause diarrhoea and sickness.
What you can do to improve your diet:
- Increase intake of vitamin B complex either in tablet form or through foods (wholegrain cereals, leafy green vegetables, fish, nuts). This will help prevent nerve damage.
- Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating more oily fish (e.g. sardines, mackerel) or taking flaxseed oil tablets. And of course,
- Stop drinking! Or at least cut down.
Whether you are worried about the effect alcohol has on your weight, or your appearance, or ultimately your health, it is a good idea to make the right decision to stop drinking today. For concrete tips and strategies to get you started on your way to a healthier, more attractive you, check out this free guide .