Menopause FAQs: Menopause and Alcohol explains how alcohol may be a trigger for menopausal hot flushes/flashes and not the elixir of life.


Do alcohol and menopause mix?

In Drink To Your Health At Menopause, or Not? the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:

“Do alcohol and menopause mix, or don’t they? You’ve probably heard that moderate drinking is good for your heart. But you’ve probably also heard that it’s a danger for breast cancer and that it can trigger hot flashes. Here are the facts that can help you make decisions about drinking.

The most important thing is how much you drink. The benefits come with moderate—big emphasis on moderate—drinking. Starting with the Framingham Heart Study, big epidemiologic studies have shown that while moderate drinking has some benefits, drinking much more than that can be detrimental. More than two drinks per day and the negative effects begin to pile up, with increases in the rates of cancer, stroke, and more”.

Menopause Symptoms

Is there an association between menopause symptoms and alcohol?

In Alcohol: Alcohol & Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

Menopause FAQs: Menopause and Alcohol

“For women around the time of menopause, alcohol intake can exacerbate hot flushes and add to the risk of excess weight gain”.


Is there an association between alcohol and osteoporosis?

In Osteoporosis: Symptoms & Causes – Risk Factors: Lifestyle Choices the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Excessive alcohol consumption. Regular consumption of more than two alcoholic drinks a day increases your risk of osteoporosis”.

Women and Alcohol

If women choose to drink alcohol, what does moderate drinking mean?

Depending on the Country and/or Depending on the Source, this may vary. In Alcohol and Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions – What Does Moderate Drinking Mean? the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain:

“According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. This definition refers to the amount consumed on any single day and is not intended as an average over several days. However, the Dietary Guidelines do not recommend that people who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason”.

Menopause FAQs

Where may I find more menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause and AlcoholIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause where the NAMS explain:

“You’ve gone more than a year without a period and are considered to be postmenopausal. In these years, women may begin to feel the effects of normal aging but also still may be affected by the hormone changes that came with menopause. Our experts answer your questions and will help you to figure out whether the physical changes you are experiencing are normal and suggest coping strategies”.

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Last Updated: 26 February 2020 – Last Revised: 01 July 2019
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