Health Watch: Menopause and alcohol consumption

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Published: May. 10, 2023 at 7:10 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - When it comes to alcohol, moderation is key to good health, even more so for women trying to minimize symptoms of menopause, according to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Juliana Kling.

Kling, an M.D. with the Women’s Health Center at the Arizona Mayo Clinic, said, “A lot of women have different triggers. And for some, alcohol may trigger their symptoms, and so they may naturally avoid it because they notice their hot flashes and night sweats get worse.”

Sleep problems are another common symptom of menopause, and she said alcohol can make it even harder to get a good night’s sleep.“While many people think, ‘Oh, a glass of wine might be nice to make me sleepy,’ it just disrupts your sleep, the quality of sleep during the night,” Kling explained

She advises menopausal women to also consider the connection between alcohol and increasing health risks. “Alcohol is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, also things like colorectal cancer.”

On average, Kling recommends limiting alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day, and not go by the size of the glass. “That big glass, you know, you have to measure it out to make sure it’s the appropriate portion of alcohol.”