Ali MacGraw, Addiction and Sobriety
In an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” actress Ali MacGraw went through a list of things she does not miss about being addicted to alcohol. Among these things were ‘the hangovers, the lying and the self-obsession.’
People who abuse alcohol may think that they are avoiding problems or coping with issues, but really they are making things much more complicated. I may take sobriety to see that because it is hard to separate what is real from what is not when you are under the influence.
The star of the classic movie “Love Story” went on to talk about what the excessive consumption of alcohol did to her life. Alcohol took a heavy toll on her life and relationships.
However, to just examine the first thing that MacGraw did not miss about her days of drinking too much, hangovers are more than just ‘feeling bad,’ they can take a toll on your health. And repeated hangovers are damaging, even to the people who believe they have developed a tolerance for drinking.
When you drink alcohol in excess, you lose more water than you gain, although it may be hard to believe. Dehydration is often the cause of the headaches that accompany hangovers.
Low blood sugar
Alcohol may interfere with glucose production, which means that if you drink too much, you will feel weak at a time when you are already not in top form.
Loss of salts
With all the talk of cutting salt, we forget that we do need some salt to perform bodily functions.With the dehydration that excessive drinking brings, you lose salts that are needed.
Alcohol gets in the way of sleep patterns.
Exposure to toxins
The trace amounts of methanol in alcohol can contribute to the nauseous feeling people get when the drink in excess. Alcohol contains other chemicals used to enhance flavor and smell that are not deadly, but you don’t want to ingest large amounts of these things. These chemicals also contribute to hangovers.
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