Hola Sober April 2024



Dear Gee,

I am tired of people the menopause and alcohol are a bad combination as I still am none the wiser. Can you take the time to explain to me why my menopause will feel better and less torturous if I give up alcohol? From Lisa B, USA.

Hi Lisa B.,


The menopause is a significant phase in a woman's life marked by various physical and hormonal changes. While menopause itself is a natural transition, its accompanying symptoms can be challenging to navigate. Alongside hot flashes, night sweats, and changes in libido, many women also experience fluctuations in mood and mental health during this time. One sad coping mechanism for managing menopausal symptoms is alcohol consumption. The reality is while alcohol may look like it provides temporary relief from discomfort, it exacerbates mental health issues in the long run . Alcohol is a depressant that affects neurotransmitter levels in the brain, leading to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and even depression. Moreover, women going through menopause are already vulnerable to mood swings and emotional instability due to hormonal imbalances. Adding alcohol to the mix will further destabilise emotions and intensify symptoms of depression and anxiety. Chronic alcohol abuse also impairs cognitive function, memory, and overall mental clarity, making it even more challenging to cope with the changes brought on by menopause. Furthermore, alcohol consumption can interfere with sleep patterns, exacerbating existing sleep disturbances commonly experienced during menopause. Poor sleep quality can further contribute to mood disturbances and mental health issues, creating a vicious cycle of alcohol use and worsening symptoms. It's essential for women approaching or experiencing menopause to recognize the potential risks of using alcohol as a coping mechanism and seek healthier alternatives for managing their symptoms. Engaging in regular exercise, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and seeking support from healthcare professionals or sober support groups are all beneficial strategies for maintaining mental well-being during this transition. Ultimately, addressing the underlying causes of menopausal symptoms and prioritising self-care and healthy coping mechanisms are essential for navigating this life stage with mental and emotional resilience. By making informed choices and seeking support when needed, women can empower themselves to maintain optimal mental health throughout the menopausal transition and beyond. And it is in the interest of NO WOMAN BORN to drink at any time, let alone in menopause. I hope that answers your question Lisa B.,

Walking in sobriety offers numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits that contribute to overall well-being. As a low-impact exercise, walking is accessible to people of all fitness levels and can be easily incorporated into daily routines. It promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, and improves flexibility and joint mobility. Beyond the physical benefits, walking also has profound effects on mental health. It reduces stress, anxiety, and depression by stimulating the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that promote feelings of happiness and relaxation. Walking outdoors in nature can be particularly therapeutic, providing a sense of calm and connection to the natural world. In sobriety, walking serves as a mindful practice, allowing women to be present in the moment and appreciate their surroundings. It provides an opportunity for self- reflection, clarity of mind, and emotional release. Walking can also serve as a social activity, fostering connections with others and promoting a sense of community and belonging. Overall, incorporating walking into a sober lifestyle supports holistic health and wellness, providing physical activity, mental clarity, emotional balance, and opportunities for connection and growth.

love Gee xxx


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