Happy hour: The link between alcohol and your monthly cycle

/Happy hour: The link between alcohol and your monthly cycle

Happy hour: The link between alcohol and your monthly cycle

cocktailPlanning to head out to a bar, party, barbecue or other destination where you’ll be imbibing in alcohol? If you’re a big Hormonology fan (and, really, why wouldn’t you be, right?), at some point you may wonder if wine, beer or spirits get you any drunker during a certain point in your monthly cycle.

And you wouldn’t be the only one asking this question.

Truth is, many researchers have spent a lot of time trying find a connection between alcohol’s inebriating effect and the menstrual cycle. (I have a thoroughly unproven theory they’re just looking for a bunch of free “research” booze. Alcohol can get pretty pricey, after all.)

However, despite their many analyses, there hasn’t yet been any evidence that conclusively shows women get any more sloshed from alcohol during a particular phase of their cycle–clearly to the researchers’ dismay because they keep saucing up female volunteers to re-confirm this.

Despite those disappointing results, there have been two findings about alcohol and your menstrual cycle you might find interesting:

1. You’re likely to guzzle more alcohol and enjoy its effects more during your premenstrual week than other weeks of your cycle, according to a 2011 study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The researchers theorize we turn to alcohol to lessen the pain and moodiness of plunging estrogen.

2. Your decision-making skills may get more impaired by alcohol in the first half of your cycle than the second half, according to a 2012 study published in Behavioural Pharmacology–though the researchers aren’t sure why and more research needs to be done to explore it.

Tip: Thinking of drowning your premenstrual troubles during Happy Hour? Keep these facts in mind:

Plunging estrogen is making you more sensitive to aches and pains. So, that hangover that wouldn’t be so bad in high estrogen Week 2 could have you wincing in pain when a mere butterfly flaps its wings as it passes by during your Week 4.

And since alcohol is a depressant, that down mood you were trying to chase away could come back double after alcohol’s mind-numbing effects wear off. So, if you’re going to order cocktails, try to stick to a healthy limit.

By | 2018-09-04T14:14:15+00:00 June 6th, 2014|hormonology tip, pms|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 participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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