We all know how good that first beer feels on a Friday night after a long week at work. When the clock strikes 5:30 p.m. (or thereabouts) and your colleagues invite you to the nearest boozer for drinks, it can be difficult to say no.
And why would you? That first beer goes down a treat, a well-earned reward after your week of toil. Have you ever wondered, though, precisely what happens to your body during the hour immediately following sinking that tasty beverage? Well, you can wonder no longer, as an article published by Yahoo! Health has detailed exactly what prevails within once the amber nectar passes your lips.
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The findings, unveiled with the help of several medical professionals, refer only the one drink – Ol’ Jimbob is a big advocate of drinking in moderation, and reminds readers that consuming too much can be harmful to both your health and safety, and potentially others. The Centers for Disease Control and Research state that just one drink per day is enough for a woman, with two for men. Therefore, Jim says drink sensibly and read on in fascination as to how just one beer can affect you.
Ol’ Jimbob is a big advocate of drinking in moderation.
The first few gulps of a lovely Peroni Nastro Azzurro or craft beer are one of life’s many pleasures, and that’s because drinking beer causes the brain to release a hormone named dopamine. Now, dopamine makes us feel good about ourselves, lifting any gloom that may surround us for a short while. The hormone is also released after a good bout of exercise, which is why fitness fanatics keep going back to it – and why it’s so tempting to stay for another beer.
Do you find that once that first beer has disappeared, you feel far more talkative and socially brave than usual? You’re not alone. Even Quiet Karen from Accounts, who barely talks to anyone during the week, might find herself opening up. Why is this?
“You get more garrulous, talk a lot more, and are more likely to make a social interaction, such as going over to a colleague you’ve been wanting to meet and introducing yourself,” said Dr George Koob to Yahoo! News.
What would happen to your body were you to stick to just one beer per night over an extended period of time? A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that sipping down just one beer per day may well reduce the chances of a heart attack, chiefly due to the antioxidants found within.
Ol’ Jimbob will drink to that, and bid you farewell. Remember, you can buy a whole raft of beer online – stay happy, and stay healthy.