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Thomson & Bancks’ Head of Medical Negligence, Lucy Sherry continues her monthly commentary on medical awareness and industry findings with an insight into alcohol intake, its short and long-term effects, as well advice on becoming healthier.
After a busy day, do you routinely reach for the bottle? This may make you think again!
Alcohol drinks account for 11% of the UK’s daily intake of added sugar. However, they are empty calories with no nutritional value. A pint of cider can contain as many as 5 teaspoons of sugar – almost as much as the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily amount! Then there is the drunk or hungover eating which adds to our ‘beer bellies’.
We have all seen the other reported short term effects of alcohol:
But what of the long term effects?
Typically, we need 6 – 7 cycles of REM sleep per night following by 3 – 4 cycles of deep sleep but alcohol gives us only 1 – 2 REM cycles after a period of deep sleep.
The diuretic effects make you go to the toilet and sweat more, increasing your dehydration and resulting hangover, as well as disturbing your sleep further. It also makes snorers do so more loudly, due to the muscle relaxant effects waking them further!
Deep sleep is when the body restores itself and so poor quality or shortened sleep leads to low mood, poor concentration, impaired immune system and clouded decision-making.
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Lucy Sherry, Solicitor-Advocate; Head of Medical Negligence specialises in medical negligence litigation, previously representing the NHS Litigation Authority and one of the GP Unions. Lucy now works with injured individuals and bereaved families to achieve compensation for adverse outcomes. Lucy has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge, regularly delivering medico-legal training to lawyers, attending many hours of medical lectures each year to keep abreast of changes in treatments, and gaining an insight into new health and medical findings to share with Thomson & Bancks’ clients and visitors to this blog.
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