Physicians Help for Menopause : Alcohol Use & Menopause

Uploaded by expertvillage on 17.01.2008

Hello there my name is Dr. Susan Jewell. And in this clip we’re going to talk about the
alcohol effect when you are in menopause. My basic recommendation and I think any medical
professional is not to drink alcohol at all. But if you’re going to drink alcohol, reduce
the amount of alcohol in your intake during your menopausal phase of your life. Or definitely
avoid binge drinking because the alcohol has many detrimental effects in the body so one
of the, some of the effects of alcohol, well first of all alcohol will exacerbate your
hot flashes so even when you’re having hot flashes and you’re going to drink alcohol
then you’re going to make the condition worse. So try not to drink alcohol or reduce
the amount. Alcohol also, because it will affect the temperature regulation in the body
it is going to increase your sweating and you’re already experiencing sweating, some
symptoms when you’re going into menopause because of the cessation of the estrogen hormone
production in your body so you don’t want to exacerbate that, exaggerate that, that
condition of sweating, so avoid alcohol. Alcohol has another detrimental affect when you’re
going through menopause, is that alcohol has this effect, this property where it leaches
out calcium from bones. Leeching out means it’s a form of calcium leaking out of the
bones, I mean it doesn’t actually leak out, but it leeches out and so you’re loosing
calcium even at a faster rapid rate from the bones. It’s going to put you even at a higher
risk of getting bone related disease or osteoporosis or it’s going to worsen the condition at
a rapid pace. So these are some of the reasons why you should not drink alcohol or definitely
reduce the amount of alcohol in your diet when you are in menopause.