Alcohol and Your Health

We enjoy a glass of alcohol from time to time. We’re not against alcohol. But we’re pretty realistic about what it’s doing to our body. Which is nothing good at all. We wish it was better for us - but it ain’t.

If you want to feel good about the fact that you’re taking a break from alcohol for the month, give a listen/watch of this podcast on Spotify or Youtube. It is Dr. Mark Huberman, a neurobiology professor at Stanford University talking about the physiology of alcohol.  This podcast has been very popular, with over 2MM views on Youtube in just a few months.

In the podcast, Huberman discusses how just a couple of drinks a week

  • Damages the prefrontal cortex of the brain, having long term effect on judgment
  • Increases our base level of cortisol (the stress hormone), triggering anxiety 
  • Adversely affects sleep
  • Kills off the good gut microbiota, causing a host of potential medical issues

Be forewarned, more than a few of our friends have quit drinking altogether after taking the 2 hours to listen to the whole podcast.

The Huberman podcast is just the tip of the iceberg of information suggesting alcohol has no upside for us humans. If you need validation, try a quick Google search (one of the few times we endorse turning to Dr. Google). This is leading the cultural shift that’s underway - including trendy places like Hollywood - and far beyond. 

One day, when medicine gives us even more insights, we might all look back at Dry January and wonder why we used to only do it one month out of the year.

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