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Stop After One Alcoholic Drink to Feel the Endorphins

Another Reason to Stop After One Glass: Endorphins

I'm doing a little Spring cleaning and found this simple health tip in the FitSugar files. It's a good reminder to enjoy your nightly wine in moderation.

By now we all know that drinking in moderation, especially wine, is beneficial for your health. However, it is important to remember to drink in moderation, and for women that means stopping after one glass. Here's another reason to keep your alcohol intake in the moderate zone: endorphins. Recent research found light to moderate drinking releases endorphins, while heavy drinking does not. A "feel good" brain chemical, endorphins can also reduce anxiety.

Lead researcher in the study and professor of psychiatry and physiology at McGill University, Christina Gianoulakis PhD, hammers the point home with this explanation:

Readers should understand that drinking only low amounts of alcohol will increase endorphin release and produce pleasant effects. Thus, if after consumption of about two drinks of alcohol an individual does not experience the pleasant effects . . . he or she should stop drinking.

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
This is so true! I notice that when I have one drink, I get really happy and talkative, but any more than that and I get kind of crabby. Good to know!
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
maybe that explains why a lot of people are happy when they are buzzed but cranky/sad/mean when they are drunk. i like that there is science behind it though!
dd-sugar dd-sugar 6 years
Just remember, it's never OK to drink just one glass and drive.
wanderlusting wanderlusting 6 years
Hmmm and I was just about to have a few glasses of wine after work. Makes sense though, of course after a few you might think you feel endorphins even though you are probably just drunk. Tonight I'll have two then stop for awhile, have another, see what happens :)
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