Mind Your Hormones

4. The effect of ALCOHOL on your HORMONES, PMS & PCOS!

September 08, 2020 Corinne Angelica
Mind Your Hormones
4. The effect of ALCOHOL on your HORMONES, PMS & PCOS!
Show Notes

Today I'm chatting all about alcohol & your hormones! Here’s what to expect:

  1. How alcohol affects your hormones & PMS
  2. How it affects people with PCOS differently
  3. The most ideal time in your cycle to avoid drinking
  4. The “best/better” options of alcohol
  5. How to minimize the negative effects of alcohol


  • Alcohol increases estrogen production (even after 1 drink)
  • EXCESS ESTROGEN SYMPTOMS: Irregular or heavy periods, water retention, breast swelling and tenderness, headaches, migraines, fibrocystic breast changes, weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, painful periods ,PMS
  • Drinking makes you 45% MORE LIKELY to experience PMS symptoms if you’re having 1 drink a day.
  • More than 1 drink a day increases your PMS symptoms by 79%.
  • How it makes PMS worse
    • Dehydration
    • Depletes Magnesium
    • Fluctuates hormone levels
    • Keeps your liver busy so you can’t process hormones
    • Affects gut microbiome so you can’t eliminate hormones
    • Imbalanced blood sugar levels
  • Estrogen levels peak just before ovulation & about a week before your period starts, so those would be ideal times to avoid drinking.
  • AMOUNT THAT HAS THE BIGGEST EFFECT: 4 or more drinks in 2 hours, 5x a month
  • Women with PCOS have double the risk of getting non-alcoholic fatty liver disease compared to women without PCOS.


  • “Long term consumption of alcohol shrinks the brain including the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that regulates the HPA axis or stress response system. This can result in a dysregulation of your stress response or HPA axis.” Period Repair Manual pg. 117 by Lara Briden ND.
  • “Alcohol impairs the healthy clearance of estrogen. Alcohol also causes insulin resistance, damages gut bacteria, prevents nutrient absorption, impairs detoxification, and depletes an important anti-inflammatory molecule called glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and immune regulator. Every cell in your body makes glutathione and every cell needs it.” Period Repair Manual pg. 117 by Lara Briden ND.

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