Why switch to alcohol alternatives

How is alcohol made?

The alcohol in beverages that we consume is a chemical named ethanol. In order to make ethanol, grains, fruits or vegetables go through the fermentation process. Similar to how apple cider vinegar is made, fermentation is when yeast or bacteria react with sugars.

Depending on the type of alcohol you’re wanting to make will depend on how long you let the fermentation process go on for. If you want to make a spirit, such as vodka, you will need to distill it. Distillation is where a percentage of the water is removed in order to create a stronger concentration of the alcohol.

How does alcohol affect the body?

What are the short-term effects of alcohol in the body?

The most common short-term effects of alcohol are nausea, blurred vision, loss of balance and coordination, drowsiness and slurred speech. In some cases, you may suffer from a loss of consciousness or find difficult breathing. All of the above are usually caused by excessive alcohol consumption. You may find that alcohol somewhat acts as a relaxant but the more you drink, the more you find the above effects kicking in.

In order of alcohol consumption to adverse effect, it goes:

– Impaired judgement and reduced inhibitions

– Slurred speech, slower reflexes, nausea and impaired coordination

– Fatigue, loss of bladder control, unable to walk/ function without guidance

– In worst cases, alcohol induced coma or death

What are the most long-term effects of alcohol in the body?

Although not common, long-term effects are not rare and can affect anybody. Alcohol-related diseases are usually caused by drinking excessively, multiple times a week. Diseases that can be at an increased risk of being developed from heavy drinking are:

– Cancer

– Liver disease

– Cardiovascular disease

– Strokes

– Mental health issues

– Alcohol dependence/ addiction

How to moderate alcohol intake/ what are the alternatives?

The key to moderating alcohol consumption is to remain hydrated! Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout a day/ night of drinking. Also, make sure that you have lined your stomach. Eating a good meal before starting to drink will help you to avoid the likes of alcohol poisoning.

There are also some yummy alcohol alternatives that actually offer a whole bunch of benefits to your health, too! Of course there’s the likes of non-alcoholic wine and cider etc. but there’s also Kombucha!

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented green or black tea. It is a relatively fizzy drink that consists of a culture called ‘scoby’. Scoby is an abbreviated term for ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts’ and it is the bacteria and yeasts in the scoby that convert the sugar into ethanol and the goodness that acetic acid.

Willy’s Kombucha includes apple cider vinegar, so you’re getting double the goodness all in a 250ml can.

What are the benefits of drinking kombucha?

There are several health benefits of drinking kombucha but the 5 main benefits are:

– It’s a great source of probiotics. Probiotics are super good for your gut and may help improve your digestion.

– Contains antioxidants. Antioxidants are what fights damaging free radicals, protecting your body from oxidative damage. Having little to no antioxidants can result in ageing, strokes and cancer.

– It can help to detoxify your body.

– May help to manage type 2 diabetes.

– May reduce your risk of heart disease.

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