Sep 09

5 Things You May Not Know about Women and Alcohol

5 Things You May Not Know about Women and Alcohol

5 things you may not know about women and alcoholBoth men and women drink but men and women are different when it comes to alcohol. Moderate drinking has been touted to have some pretty significant health benefits for your cardiovascular system. And this can be great for people who want to unwind over dinner. But as most of us know the dangers of alcohol especially for women outweigh the benefits. It is especially important for women to be aware of these dangers because they are different than men. When it comes to women and alcohol, it poses specific risks.

Here are 5 things you may not know about women and alcohol

Women and alcohol #1: More women are binge drinking. Binge drinking is the exact opposite of moderate drinking. For women, binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in a single period. Most women binge drinking today average about six drinks. According to the CDC earlier this year, nearly 14 million women in the United States binge drink around three times a month. Not only that but women with an income over 75,000 dollars a year are more likely to binge as well as women who are between the ages of 18 and 34. High school girls are also more likely to binge. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 teenage girls binge drink. Binge drinking is dangerous it can cause unintentional injuries, alcohol poisoning, liver disease and stroke.

Women and alcohol #2: Many women may think keeping up with the guys when it comes to dinking is no big deal, but that just isn’t true. Women’s bodies tolerate alcohol differently than men’s for reasosn that aren’t quite understood yet. NIAA or the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism points out that it could be that women’s bodies have less water per pound than men’s. So if a man and woman who weigh the same amount also drink the same amount, the woman will likely have a higher BAC because the alcohol disperses in water and her body has less of it.

Women and alcohol #3: Drinking becomes a problem for women quicker. This is largely because wmen;s bodies handle alcohol differently than men’s. Because of this difference women are more likely to be at risk for alcohol related health problems. These risks include health disease and conditions that include liver disease, heart disease, breast cancer and also alcohol dependence. NIAA considers the low risk drinking limit for women as being seven drinks per week and no more than three drinks in one sitting.

Women and alcohol #4: A German study published last year found that alcoholism may be deadlier in women. It concluded that alcohol dependence is twice as deadly for women as it is for men. The death rate for alcohol dependent women was four time that of a sample of comparable non-addicted 18 to 64 year old women. It was only double for men. The why of this is still unknown but it is assumed that the effect of alcohol on women is much more severe.

Women and alcohol #5: Luckily women seek treatment for alcoholism sooner. A study that included more than 500 males and females found that women who abuse alcohol usually try to get help four to five years earlier than their male counterparts. The why of this is also unknown but it is hypothesized that women may attach less social stigma to drinking problems than men and therefore might be more likely to report their problem drinking.

There are also studies that have been done that show that drinking in women ups the risk of breast cancer and that NO AMOUNT of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Those facts are pretty well known though. Regardless of the reasons it might be safe to go ahead and say that women are better off just not drinking unless they are going to drink moderately.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/women-alcohol-facts_n_3831152.html?utm_hp_ref=womens-health

Aug 23

Diet Pill Addiction

Diet Pill Addiction

Diet pills are any type of “medication” or supplement that is marketed to control or reduce weight. There are numerous diet pills that have been produced and promoted for weight loss but only one is actually approved by the FDA for long term use. Diet pills always claim to achieve weight loss by increasing the metabolism, altering appetite levels, or interrupting the normal rate of absorption when it comes to fat and/or calories. The majority of diet pills can be purchased at pharmacies, over the counter without a prescription. This is especially dangerous because not only are the diet pills not approved by the FDA but they also can be bought by minors. Diet pills usually contain large amounts of addictive substances such as ephedrine, caffeine, or herbal stimulants which can have severe side effects. This is especially true if the individual taking the diet pills develops a diet pill addiction.

A diet pill addiction can develop at any time throughout an individual’s lifetime. This means that all age groups are vulnerable to a diet pill addiction. The statistics about diet pill addiction are helpful in realizing and understanding fully, the fragility of a diet pill addiction and how to improve the treatment of it.

  • A study from the University of Minnesota’s “Project EAT (Eating Among Teens) found that high school-aged females’ use of diet pills nearly doubled from 7.5 to 14.2 percent.  By the ages of 19 and 20, 20 percent of females surveyed used diet pills.
  • Abuse of diet pills by individuals with eating disorders is well-documented clinically, with prevalence estimates reported as high as 50%.
  • According to a study published in Eating Behaviors, individuals with eating disorders associated with vomiting and other purging behaviors are more likely to use diet pills.

What is the cause of a diet pill addiction?

Many things can cause a diet pill addiction. Typically a diet pill addiction begins with the want for a a temporary or quick fix for weight loss. Individuals who use diet pills under a doctor’s care with a prescription may have an actual need for the drug. However, when diet pills are just used recreationally or for non-medical purposes, it becomes a diet pill addiction. Men and women alike, who struggle with body image, even at a normal weight may feel inclined to use diet pills as a method of controlling their weight or losing weight. Body image dysmorphia or the inability to see one’s body clearly can be one of the biggest causes of a diet pill addiction. For example, someone who is suffering from anorexia nervosa is very likely to have a diet pill addiction. Feeling the necessity or want to take diet pills stem from deeper and underlying issues which are all usually connected.

Signs of a diet pill addiction

Certain signs and symptoms will be evident if you or a loved one is suffering with a diet pill addiction.  Diet pill effects can range in severity and can impact a man or woman physically, psychologically, and socially.

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach pain
  • Rapid respiratory rate
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Liver/Kidney damage
  • Chronic mood swings
  • Blackouts
  • Memory loss

Someone with a diet pill addiction may also deal with the side effects physically, psychologically, and socially. For instance, unstable weight, headaches, tightness in chest, heart palpitations, dizziness, stroke, and mood swings, depression, and low self-esteem as well as, increased isolation, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, and avoidance of social encounters.

 

Aug 16

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

Eating disorders, specifically anorexia and bulimia, are characterized by extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. They are serious disorders and can have life threatening consequences. This is also the case for the category of eating disorders known as eating disorders not otherwise specified (ENDOS). These eating disorders can include a combination of signs and symptoms that are pretty typical for someone who has anorexia or bulimia.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by emaciation, a never ending pursuit to try and be thin and a total unwillingness to stay at a healthy weight. There is also a distortion of body image and an intense fear of gaining weight. Anorexia Nervosa is also characterized by a lack of menstruation among girls and women. The eating behavior is extremely disturbed. Some people with anorexia will try to lose weight by dieting and exercising obsessively. Other people with anorexia will induce vomiting, misuse laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.

• Deliberate self-starvation with weight loss

• Intense, persistent fear of gaining weight

• Refusal to eat or highly restrictive eating

• Continuous dieting

• Excessive facial/body hair because of inadequate protein in the diet

• Compulsive exercise

• Abnormal weight loss

• Sensitivity to cold

• Absent or irregular menstruation

• Hair loss

Bulimia Nervosa

Someone with bulimia nervosa will have regular moments of overeating which are always followed by a feeling of guilt, which can then lead to extreme crash dieting, doing lots of exercise and purging (self-induced vomiting.)

  • Binge-eating “repeatedly” – eating much more than most people normally do, together with a feeling that they can’t stop or control their eating
  • Repeatedly and inappropriately compensating for the over-eating, such as over-medicating with laxatives, fasting, exercising to exhaustion, or making themselves vomit
  • Frequent dieting
  • Been doing these two things (binge-eating and inappropriately compensating) repeatedly at least twice a week for the last 3 months
  • Overly judging themselves in terms of the weight and shape of their bodies

Eating disorders not otherwise specified

These are the most common examples of eating disorders not otherwise specified but every person experiencing eating disorders not otherwise specified may have varying symptoms.

  • Menstruation is still happening despite meeting all the criteria for either bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.
  • All conditions are present to qualify for anorexia nervosa except for the individual’s current weight is in the normal range or above.
  • Purging or other compensatory behaviors are not occurring at a frequency less than the strict criteria for bulimia nervosa
  • Purging without binging which is sometimes known as purging disorder
  • Chewing and spitting out large amounts of food but not swallowing

An eating disorder not otherwise specified is simply put an eating disorder that meets all the criteria except for one or two things. Mainly all of the above have one thing in common and that is an obsessive preoccupation with weight to the point that affects the present day moment and the ability to enjoy life while being around friends, family, at work etc. A person with ENDOS or any other eating disorder will constantly be concerned about their weight and food.

Jul 22

How to Control Binge Eating

How to Control Binge Eating

What is Binge Eating?

Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, and is usually done in secret.

When you have binge-eating disorder, you may be deeply embarrassed about gorging and vow to stop. But you feel such a compulsion that you can’t resist the urges and continue binge eating. If you have binge-eating disorder, treatment can help.

Causes of Binge Eating

The causes of binge-eating disorder are unknown. But family history, biological factors, long-term dieting and psychological issues, such as those resulting from childhood trauma and/or abuse, increase your risk. Many studies have documented a link between childhood abuse and later obesity. The reasoning for this is possibly because stress may cause one to overeat high-sugar and high-fat “comfort” foods in an uncontrolled way.Women who have experienced physical or sexual childhood abuse before the age of 18 are almost twice as likely to have a food addiction in the middle of adulthood in comparison with women without a history of childhood abuse. The likelihood of a food addiction is also increased further for women who have experienced both physical and sexual childhood abuse. The prevalence of afood addiction varies from six percent in women without a history of physical or sexual childhood abuse to sixteen percent among women who do have a history of both severe physical and sexual childhood abuse.

How to Control Binge Eating

Traditional Treatments:

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, whether in individual or group sessions, can help teach you how to exchange unhealthy habits for healthy ones and reduce bingeing episodes.

Medications

There’s no medication specifically designed to treat binge-eating disorder. But, several types of medication may help reduce symptoms, especially when combined with psychotherapy.

 

Other Ways to Control Binge Eating

Lifestyle and home remedies

  • Stick to your treatment. Don’t skip therapy sessions.
  • Avoid dieting. Trying to diet can trigger more binge episodes, leading to a vicious cycle that’s hard to break.
  • Eat breakfast. Many people with binge-eating disorder skip breakfast. But, if you eat breakfast, you may be less prone to eating higher calorie meals later in the day.
  • Don’t stock up. Keep less food in your home than you normally do. That may mean more-frequent trips to the grocery store, but it may also take away the temptation binge eating.
  • Get the right nutrients. Just because you may be eating a lot during binges doesn’t mean you’re eating the kinds of food that supply all of your essential nutrients. Talk to your doctor about vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Stay connected. Don’t isolate yourself from caring family members and friends who want to see you get healthy.
  • Get active. Ask your health care provider what kind of physical activity is appropriate for you, especially if you have health problems related to being overweight.

 

Alternative Medicine to Treat Binge Eating

  • Massage and therapeutic touch
  • Mind-body therapies
  • Acupuncture

 

Coping and Support to Deal with Binge Eating

  • Ease up on yourself. Don’t buy into your own self-criticism.
  • Identify situations that may trigger your binge eating.
  • Look for positive role models who can help lift your self-esteem, even if they’re not easy to find.
  • Try to find a confidant you can talk to about what’s going on. Together, you may be able to come up with some treatment options.
  • Try to find someone who can be your partner in the battle against binge eating — someone you can call on for support instead of bingeing.
  • Find healthy ways to nurture yourself by doing something just for fun or to relax, such as yoga, meditation or simply a walk.
  • Consider journaling about your feelings and behaviors.

 

Support for binge eating can also come from a 12 Step fellowship. There are meetings for Overeaters Anonymous. The 12 Step program can be helpful in learning how to cope with your food addiction and binge eating and also in shaping a new, healthy lifestyle. If you find yourself struggling to cope, there are treatment programs that treat eating disorders such as binge eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com

www.wikipedia.org

http://womenstreatmentcenter.com

Jul 15

Women in Recovery

Women in Recovery

Here is a fun fact about women in recovery, Marty Mann, NCADD’s founder, was the first woman to recover from alcoholism in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  As a result, NCADD has always been dedicated to increasing public awareness and support for women struggling with addiction to alcohol and drugs. 

Women are the fastest-growing segment for substance abuse in the United States. In fact, according to the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, about 2.7 million women in the United States abuse drugs or alcohol. Even more frightening is that the majority who need treatment do not receive it because:

•They are afraid of losing, or being separated from, their families

•They view their substance use as a social activity or habit, rather than an addiction that is disrupting their lives

•They believe that their substance abuse is the outcome of anxiety or depression, treating the mental health issue while ignoring the addiction

•They are afraid or embarrassed to admit they are struggling with addiction, and hide their drug or alcohol use from family and friends

There are special issues that women face in addiction treatment and recovery. The traditional wisdom of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that women progress faster in addiction. Now the research is telling us the “why” and more importantly “what” can be done to assist women in recovery.

Women start using for different reasons, get addicted differently, progress faster, recovery differently and relapse for different issues. Due to shame and stigma, women may be more likely to drink/take pills when alone and hide it from others. Some women have their home as their bar and may have three martini play dates with their friends and their children. Those with stressful careers may use to keep up the image that they can raise three kids, have a high power job and still keep up! With the stimulant drugs some women start using to lose weight. While many women are high functioning and may be able to keep up the appearance of being fine they are unraveling on the inside.

Physiologically women metabolize alcohol and drugs differently than men. Physically one drink for a woman has twice the impact physiologically on a woman that it does on a man. That’s not just about getting drunk, that’s impact to the organs, to the brain. Mixing types of drugs makes it even more damaging. When mixing chemicals one and one is not necessarily two. Women also tend to have more access to prescribers of medications which can make it even more dangerous. Yes, there is physical damage but it may pale in comparison to the emotional and spiritual damage done by addiction. When a woman is addicted it can impact the entire family system – since women are generally the central organizing factors in their network (caregiver to aging parent, parent to children, caregiver of older partner, etc).

Women are complicated! In addition a female’s distinctive physiology, mental health issues, hormonal differences, spiritual concerns and as well as life circumstances may affect their experience in addiction and recovery. Treatment and recovery are most successful when these individualized needs are taken into account. The good news is that recovery is natural for women. Addiction is the unnatural state. The female brain is actually wired for connection! Many women find that the support of 12 Step programs and other support groups are exactly what they need to live a life free of chemicals. Recovery is the most critical part of an addict’s journey and many find that in recovery they have a life beyond their wildest dreams.

 

 http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/remarkable-recovery/201203/addiction-and-gender-recovery-women

Jun 18

Pro Ana and Pro Mia

Pro Ana and Pro Mia

One of the greatest advantages of the Internet today is that it has the ability to bring people who think alike together to one place for support and encouragement of their lifestyles and hobbies. In some cases, these may not be lifestyles or hobbies that are healthy or even socially acceptable such as anorexia and bulimia. These sites on the Internet for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia go by the shortened terms that let its users know that they are in support of the behavior; these names are pro ana (pro anorexia) and pro mia (pro bulimia).

What does pro ana and pro mia mean?

  • Pro-ana stands for pro-anorexia
  • Pro-mia stands for pro-bulimia.
  • “Pro” does not mean, “supports the promotion of”.
  • Most disclaimers on the sites contain something along the lines of “If you do not have an eating disorder then it is better for you if you do not develop one”, although the more hard-line sites often use challenging language, such as “If you can’t handle it, leave”.
  • Pro-ana sites are for those who are already anorexics, who want to be “triggered” and are looking for advice, tips and support from fellow anorexics to help them become “better” anorexics.
  • “Pro-ana” symbolizes the choice not to go into recovery; if you are pro-ana then by definition you have chosen to live wholeheartedly as an anorexic, at least for the time being.

How did pro ana and pro mia sites start?

In the early 2000’s with the rise of the Internet, pro ana and pro mia sites became very popular, very quickly but that meant they also became very visible to not only those who wanted to find them. That is when the pro ana and pro mia sites made their debut in both Time Magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Soon after pro ana and pro mia sites made themselves known many site hosts such as Yahoo began to shut down existing pro ana and pro mia sites and they banned any new sites.

Pro ana and pro mia sites today

Now days pro ana and pro mia sites are hard to find but they still exist. Most pro ana and pro mia sites feature tips for very low calorie eating, tricks for hiding extreme weight loss and ways to avoid being detected. Many pro ana and pro mia sites also have what is called “thinspiration” on them. “Thinspiration” is photos of very thin women; most of whom are celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Victoria’s Secret Models or Kate Moss.

Pro ana and pro mia sites are very dangerous. Not only can pro ana and pro mia sites push someone who may be on the verge of an eating disorder into one but the sites also can undermine anyone who is in recovery from an eating disorder.

Luckily many of the pro ana and pro mia sites today have made a transition from being pro eating disorder to pro recovery.

The pro ana and pro mia sites that are still defending their existence state that anorexia and bulimia are lifestyle choices rather than dangerous mental health conditions that can end up killing someone.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro-ana

http://www.sirc.org/articles/totally_in_control2.shtml

 

Jun 10

Lack of Self-Love in Addiction

Lack of Self-Love in Addiction

A lack of self-love in addiction is very common. But how do you know if you have a lack of self-love? Many times addicts don’t realize that they have a lack of self-love because they are so comfortable with their negative thoughts, perception, and degrading self-talk. Addiction causes many people to go against what they know is right and this can cause a lot of inner turmoil and hate. They do things that create guilt and shame within themselves and begin to dislike themselves. When this happens addicts can also begin to think they aren’t even worthy of love due to all the harm they are causing around them, as well as the fact that they can’t stop hurting themselves and others even when they want to. They may think of themselves as inherently bad or evil.

So what is self-love?

Self-love is not the vain love of egoism and narcissism that many people mistake it with. Self-love isn’t a preoccupation with one’s self and a general disregard for other. Self-love also isn’t the same as the love you would have family and friends or the love of art, travel, or music. Self-love is a kind of acceptance and unconditional sense of support and caring as well as a core of compassion towards yourself. It is the willingness to meet your own needs; allowing yourself to feel and thinking whatever you feel and think without judgment and to also see yourself as worthy, good, valuable and belonging in the world; deserving of happiness.

Struggling to develop self-love after addiction

For addicts with a lack of self-love, gaining self-love can seem like an impossible task. No matter how hard they try, no matter how many times they hear how good they are from others they just can’t believe it. Someone will tell them how amazing are and their head will be say to them, if you knew who I really was you wouldn’t say that. Addicts may be able to convince themselves in their mind that they love themselves but they don’t feel it in their body or soul. What they feel instead deep down may be shame, despair, anxiety, self-doubt, anger, confusion and anything but love, happiness and peace.

How to develop self-love

Luckily there are ways for anyone including addicts with a lack of self-love to begin to develop self-love as part of their recovery from addiction. Some simple ways to develop self-love without the use of professional help are thing such as positive affirmations, watching thoughts, and doing positive things for themselves such as yoga, working out, taking care of their bodies etc. Unfortunately a lack of self-love in addiction can be deep rooted and will need professional help to develop. Most addicts are unable to love themselves because they have a distorted thought process. With cognitive behavioral therapies they can focus on correcting their distorted thoughts and this can improve a person’s ability to love them and develop compassion. A good therapist can sort out what the lack of self-love is from and begin to help the addict change that.

Apr 29

Women and Cocaine

Women and Cocaine

Women and Cocaine

Research shows that women have a different reaction to cocaine than men. They also often start using cocaine for different reasons. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicates that the gender differences will soon contribute to differences in treatments for men and women.

Women and Cocaine: The Study

In the study funded by NIDA, participants were given doses of a placebo powder on some days, and on others they were given cocaine. The responses of men and women were measured, including the different reactions in women both on and off their menstrual cycle. The results indicate that women are less sensitive to cocaine than men, regardless of what point in their menstrual cycle they were on. Men reacted more intensely, and even though everyone was given equal doses of the drug, women appeared to have less of it in their blood stream.

Women and Cocaine: Metabolism

The differences in metabolism may have a lot to do with the fact that men and women react differently to cocaine. Women seem to metabolize cocaine faster, perhaps because they have higher concentrations of cholinesterase. Cholinesterase is the enzyme responsible for breaking down drugs like cocaine.

Women and Cocaine: Menstruation

During menstruation, women undergo a lot of physical and hormonal changes, which may explain why they are less sensitive to cocaine. For example, during a woman’s monthly cycle, her nasal passages secrete more mucous. The mucous acts as a barrier to cocaine being absorbed through the lining of the drug.

Women and Cocaine: Frequency of Use

More women report that they do not experience a high the first time that they use cocaine. This may explain why in general, there are many more male users of cocaine than there are female users.

Women and Cocaine: Brain Effects

Although cocaine affects women less strongly in general than it does in men, certain parts of a women’s brain may be affected more strongly. Researchers have found that when women do cocaine, they have a marked decrease in the neural activity in the amygdala. They amygdala is involved in controlling social and sexual behaviors and emotions. This may explain why when women do cocaine, they are more likely to engage in risky behavior, especially risky sexual behavior, than are men on the same dose.

Women and Cocaine: Reasons for Using

There are also different reasons that women begin using cocaine. Women tend to feel much more pressure to be thin. They may use cocaine in order to lose weight. Also, the intense and unrealistic pressure that women feel regarding their appearance can cause feelings of worthlessness, uselessness, despair and self-loathing. This can fuel drug use, especially with drugs that decrease appetite and increase metabolism, like cocaine. Even though women feel fewer and less effects from cocaine than do men, the added desire to stay trim can drive an intense addiction that would have otherwise fizzled out. Thus, the reasons that women become addicted to cocaine may be more psychological than physical.

Source: http://thecyn.com/cocaine-rehab/women-cocaine-addiction/

Apr 22

Women and Wine

 

Women and Wine

How many women put in a full day of work at the office, come home, take care of the kids, put their feet up, and have a glass or two of wine to relax? For a growing number of women, this has become a daily routine. Women and wine has started to become the social norm.

The connection between women and wine is a strong one. Women drink 60 percent of the wine consumed in the U.S. Studies show that women drink wine for a number of different reasons. They may feel that wine is “healthier” than other kinds of alcoholic drinks. They may drink wine at the end of the day to relax. Some women see wine as a healthful beverage which matches well with food, and as an “elegant,” lifestyle choice. Wine is socially acceptable, and many women find that their peers drink just as much as they do.

So what’s wrong with having wine at the end of the night. Well, aside from the fact that the number of calories in two five-ounce glasses of red wine is equal to those in a single snickers bar, if you’ve had two drinks, you are already drinking more than you should.

Moderate drinking is defined as one drink a day for women and two for men. Why the discrepancy? Women’s bodies don’t process alcohol in the same way as men. Women are smaller, and tend to have more body fat than men, so the same amount of alcohol can affect a women’s body more than that of a man’s.

Women and wine has become so common that some women who drink wine daily don’t even know that they binge drink. Binge drinking is consuming four or more alcoholic drinks in a two to three hour period.

When many women think of the dangers of drinking, they think of hard liquor and beer. Wine has been touted to have many health benefits. However, wine is not innocuous, and many of the health benefits are negligible, especially if you drink more than one glass a night.

Women and wine can have some very dangerous health effects. Drinking on a regular basis can cause liver damage and cancer. But even light drinking can increase the likelihood of breast cancer.

Other, lesser known effects of women and wine can include:

  • Alcohol raises blood temperature, causing or worsening hot flashes.
  • Alcohol can cause insomnia, even with moderate use.
  • Drinking can cause or worsen irritability, mood changes, and depression.

Though there are some health benefits to drinking a small amount of red wine in the evenings, these benefits can be obtained in other foods that are rich in antioxidants like red grapes, grape juice, grape seed oil, deep green veggies, melon, pumpkin, blueberries, and peppers.

For women in wine it seems like the bottom line is- if you’re going to drink, keep it to one glass a night. And if you can’t manage only one glass or you have noticed that your consumption has become greater and greater, it may be time to get some help.

Source:

http://www.lhj.com/health/stress/relaxation-techniques/should-women-drink-wine-for-their-health/