How does alcohol consumption impact our health? On Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, I talk all about the impacts of drinking a lot of alcohol and tips to consume alcohol while still enjoying yourself and avoiding some of the negative after affects.

Image of @andreahardyrd Instagram post about what happens when we over-indulge with alcohol

We may not be going out to party this holiday season, but alcohol at home can still contribute to IBS symptoms! ⁠⠀
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How? ⁠⠀
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When we consume more alcohol, our inhibitions are lowered, and we often eat mindlessly. ⁠⠀
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Over eating, especially of high fat or high FODMAP foods, can contribute to gut symptoms.🍩🍕⁠⠀
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Then, we have the day after to contend with right? ⁠⠀
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Alcohol can leave us with:⁠⠀
🧠headaches⁠⠀
🙅🏼‍♀️anxiety⁠⠀
😴fatigue⁠⠀
😔stomach aches, bloating, diarrhea or constipation⁠⠀
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Simple tips?⁠⠀
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🍾 pick 1-2 drinks you REALLY like! If you do enjoy a cocktail, it may as well be one that you like rather than one you think you ‘have’ to have⁠⠀
🍺 don’t mix your booze with caffeine – this can make us feel more sober than we are and can lead to over consumption ⁠⠀
🚰 stay hydrated! Sip on water, or make a fun mocktail, like a mojito with mint, lime, soda, and simple syrup! ⁠⠀
🍹if you struggle with IBS, avoid mixes that are high in fat or fructose (egg nog, orange juice, regular pop)!⁠