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How Does Alcohol Affect You During the Menopause?

I’m sure if you’re a long-time reader of MegsMenopause, you’ll already have read by now that alcohol and the menopause don’t mix too well.

If you’re new, well here it is, the alcohol and the menopause don’t go together too well.  While the effects of alcohol on your symptoms might not be immediately obvious, alcohol increasingly affects both men and women as they age. This is because our bodies become less capable of diluting alcohol, leading to a higher sensitivity to the effects of it (hence how hangovers seem to get worse and worse as we get older.) For us women going through the menopause, alcohol directly affects and amplifies our symptoms.

We sometimes forget that alcohol is actually a depressant. Which means that for many of us already battling our own mental health issues, this definitely won’t be of any help. After a few drinks, what we might not realise that is our brain chemicals will start to become unbalanced, making our emotions and behaviour more out of control. However, I do know more than anyone that giving up alcohol can be no fun at all especially at a party or a special occasion. Below I’ve included a simple mocktail recipe you can use to help you get through the night. I know asking you all to give up alcohol is unrealistic though. Remember to balance it with water throughout the night. I also like to cap the night off with a berocca and two pints of water just before I go to bed. 

Mocktail 

Ingredients (For 1 glass) 

65ml of Still Lemonade

30ml of Cranberry Juice

30ml of Sparkling Elderflower Juice 

Optional

Mint Leaves

Crushed Ice 

Lemon Slice 

Method

  1. You can either add crushed ice to the glass before adding the rest of your mocktail, or if you’re feeling fancier, feel free to add the ice to a cocktail shaker and add in all of the other ingredients there. 
  2. Pour 30ml of Cranberry juice into a tall glass. If you’re terrible with measurements then aim for roughly ¼ of the glass. 
  3. Pour 65ml of Still Lemonade into the glass, or simply half of the glass. You can either make the lemonade yourself with some lemons, water and sugar to taste, or you can get some at your local supermarket. 
  4. Top off your mocktail with 30ml of Sparkling Elderflower. This will give your drink a bit of fizz, almost as if it was a cocktail with prosecco. 
  5. Finally, you can either add a mint leaf or a slice of lemon as a garnish, if you want something a little more insta-worthy. 

To know more about the effects of alcohol on the menopause and your body, I have an article that was written previously here.  

Author: Erica Fraser

1 Comment

  1. Isn’t the Berroca going to hinder a person getting to sleep (always challenging)? I’m peri menopausal and I’ve got the most horrendous joint pains that I’ve had to give up exercising (a year in April). I do find comfort in ready Megs blog.

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