Wine is a fine thing to drink. And there is no need to give up on such a cultivated pleasure. However, it very much is possible to be drinking too much wine. We can go from enjoying our wine to becoming enslaved to the pleasures it provides.
Wine is made from fermented grape juice, and there are many health benefits that science has shown wine to have, especially if you drink it during or after a meal.
For example, studies have shown that wine can reduce your risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases if you are male. For women, wine seems to be particularly helpful in preventing kidney stones. And it helps to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (a hardening of your arteries).
If you regularly drink more than two glasses of wine a day, you might be drinking too much wine though.
Effects of Drinking Too Much Wine
Pancreatitis is just one of the negative effects of wine consumption, and pretty much all the benefits you get from drinking moderate amounts of wine (one or two glasses a day) can turn into the opposite when you drink too much. In the USA about 70-80% of pancreatitis are caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
Infertility for both men and women is another possible effect of drinking too much wine. For men erectile dysfunction and lowered testosterone levels are common among wine addicts. The sperm quality is also lower. Scientific studies have shown that women who drink too much wine have lower rates of conception.
And while drinking wine moderately can be good for your heart, excessive wine consumption can cause heart diseases like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM), high blood pressure and even a stroke.
Wine also packs surprisingly high amounts of calories and can contribute to obesity. Especially sweet white wines and fortified wines are often calorie bombs. The United States Department of Agriculture says that 100 grams of “table wine” (12.2 percent alcohol by volume) has 85 calories while 100 grams of “dessert wine” (18.8 percent alcohol by volume) has 135 calories. MayoClinic.com states that red wine contains 125 calories in a 5 oz. glass.
What’s more, drinking wine also slows down your metabolism (reduces the rate at which you burn calories) – which is kind of counterintuitive, because we often feel that it helps our digestion. This effect is especially pronounced in women.
Since many wine producers add sulphites (to safe costs) people sometimes can develop allergic reactions to these sulphites.
If you notice that the quality of your sleep isn’t what it used to be, then it is time to reduce your wine intake. You might think that sleep isn’t that important – but reduced sleep quality means that all the functions of your body will work less effectively, including your overall immune system. You have an elevated risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, cancer and psychological issues like depression. Many people use wine to fall asleep faster, but they also often have a light sleep or wake up in the nighttime. If you wake up in the morning and you don’t feel that you have a fresh mind and are motivated to start your day, then that is a telltale that you should reduce your wine consumption.
How To Drink Less Wine?
Now the bad news – or maybe those aren’t news to you at all. You have gotten used to drinking the amount of wine you drink. And drinking less is not that easy. Because you start drinking, and you just want to keep enjoying it. Why stop at one glass? Or two?
In fact, the more wine you drink, the more your brain adapts to it. Pretty much anything we consume has an influence on our brain chemistry, but wine in particularly. However, the first time you drank a glass of wine caught your brain pretty much unprepared. Nowadays, you can easily drink, without feeling it. And that is why in order to get the same effect, you need to drink more.
Maybe wine has become a way for you to wind down and relax. If that is so, it can help you to find other means of relaxation and ways to charge your batteries again.
With hypnosis, you can do all of that a lot easier. It’s not that you can’t do it without hypnosis – it is just damn hard. And why make things more difficult than they have to be?
Hypnosis can help you to amplify the effect a single glass of wine has on you. You could call it hypnotically increasing the percentage if you wanted to.
But moderate wine drinking hypnosis can also help you to recognize when you have drunken enough, and prevent you from drinking too much wine – more than what is good for you.