You’ll lose weight
A cold brew or summery cocktail might be relaxing after a long day at work, but those liquid calories add up. Just one 12-ounce beer has about 150 calories, and fruity cocktails are loaded with sugar. If you’re drinking regularly, those empty calories can cause you to start piling on the pounds without even realizing it. “Of course, everyone’s body reacts differently to alcohol,” says Wesley Delbridge, RD, spokesperson for the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics. But one thing applies to everybody: “Once alcohol is introduced, our body wants to process it right away. It shuts down every other system to process that alcohol.” This can have a negative effect on your metabolism. Here’s how to know if you’re drinking too much in the first place.
You’ll have lower cholesterol
Believe it or not, excessive amounts of alcohol can negatively impact your cholesterol just like fat and salt, increasing your risk of developing heart disease. In a 2011 study at the University of Rochester Medical Center, scientists found that levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol rose 20 percent in mice who spent a weekend binge drinking, compared to mice that consumed no alcohol. The CDC estimates that nearly 15 percent of Americans binge drink (consuming seven drinks a day) twice a week. “People need to consider not only how much alcohol they drink, but the way in which they are drinking it,” said lead study author John Cullen, PhD, research associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center.