Currently working on gaining weight (ED habits reared their ugly head after 8 years recovered), gaining steadily (generally 1kg/week on daily intake ranging from 1800-2000 cals; 5'3 and up to 40.9kgs from 37.7 a month ago).
My question is: how bad is it that I've continued to drink throughout my recovery? My (perhaps bad) reasoning is, calories are calories, so its ok. Plus a little something before dinner helps my appetite.
Has anyone else had any experiences like this? I never binge drink, but I'd estimate I have about 5 units regularly, every night.
I used to have a glass of wine if it was late and i was really really not hungry, but once i started to regain my appetite i stopped that. 5 units - do you mean 5 glasses of wine, 5 beers, and/or 5 shots of hard alcohol?
No, just UK units, so like, typical night would be a gin and soda, then a 6% cider or lager. Not big drinking.
that seems reasonable!
5 units reguarly every night is going to do you no good - yes calories come from alcohol but much of the weight will be water retention which is why alcoholics bloat.
If you reguarly exceed your daily limitson alcohol you can suffer as negative effects as if you were a full on alcoholic - it might take longer but cancer, pancreaitus and ulcers are all possibilities.
I know I sound preachy but I'm an alcohol worker and know that people tend to under estimate their drinking. Drinking over the recomended daily alowance genuinly can lead to health problems in the future nd these can be really serious, by all means drink but please be aware of the risks you could be putting your body under
Great advice (it was my first time posting a question on this form) Thanks!
whether its okay depends on A. how much you consume in a week - as in is it less than the maximum a woman is supposed to drink and B. what is your relationship with alcohol - have you had problems with dependence in the past...you should also be careful as obviously at a low weight your body can handle less alcohol and you dont want to put extra strain on your liver