2 times in your monthly cycle you tend to drink more alcohol–and why

/2 times in your monthly cycle you tend to drink more alcohol–and why

2 times in your monthly cycle you tend to drink more alcohol–and why

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Enjoy wine, cocktails, beer or other alcoholic beverages? There are two phases in your monthly cycle when you’re more likely to imbibe. Here’s when they are–and why you’re more prone to drinking on these cycle days….

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Week 2
Day 8 to ovulation (which is Day 14 in a 28-day cycle)

You tend to drink alcohol more frequently and excessively during this phase of your cycle.

One reason is because it enhances fun when socializing.(1) Another is because high estrogen makes the effects of alcohol feel more pleasurable by sending reward centers in your brain into overdrive.(4)

But, be careful: Preliminary research suggests that your decision-making skills may get more impaired by alcohol on these days, which can lead you to make riskier choices that can be a hazard to your health, safety or finances.(5)

Week 4
Final 6 days of your cycle

You’re more likely to drink alcohol and enjoy its effects during your premenstrual phase.(3) Researchers believe we turn to alcohol on these days to help cope with irritation, sadness and/or physical discomfort caused by plunging estrogen.(1, 5)

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(1) “Changes in coping and social motives for drinking and alcohol consumption across the menstrual cycle”, Depression and Anxiety, April 2018, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29244908
(2) “Response to alcohol in women: role of the menstrual cycle and a family history of alcoholism”, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, March 2011, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20888148
(3) “Interactive effects of ovarian steroid hormones on alcohol use and binge drinking across the menstrual cycle”, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, November 2017, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29154570
(4) “Estradiol increases the sensitivity of ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons to dopamine and ethanol”, PLOS ONE, November 6, 2017, journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0187698
(5) “Effects of alcohol on the performance of the Tower of London task in relation to the menstrual cycle: an electroencephalographic study”, Behavioural Pharmacology, October 2012, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22954645

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By | 2018-09-19T22:22:03+00:00 September 17th, 2018|estrogen, food, fun, hormonology guide, pms, Week 2, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by contributing to her crowdfunding campaign at iFundWomen.com/projects/hormonology.

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