Excessive Drinking May Introduce Worse PMS Symptoms

Excessive drinking may introduce worse PMS symptoms to at least one of five women, shows a new research accentuating the link between PMS risk and alcohol consumption for the first time.

Standard review and a meta study were conducted by researchers which followed 19 analyses that represented eight countries followed over 47,000 participants, after which they concurred that heavy alcohol consumption can trigger an increased risk of suffering worse symptoms of the Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).


On April 16, the study disclosed in journal BMJ Open with a title as ‘Premenstrual syndrome and alcohol consumption: a systematic review and meta-analysis’. according to the study, the alcoholic women can have 45 per cent increased risk of experiencing the worst symptoms of the Premenstrual syndrome, which include mood swings, food cravings, tender breasts and fatigue during the time before arriving their periods as compared to the women who completely refrained from drinking alcohol.

The 2015–2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a limit for alcohol consumption for the US women to have not more than a drink per day, while alcoholic women are very prevalent in the United States and many European countries. The new research review states this as ‘These findings are important given that the worldwide prevalence of alcohol drinking among women is not negligible.’

Epidemiology professor, Dr. Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst says that, “Most of the studies the authors analyzed could not show which came first – drinking alcohol or PMS. In our study, we didn’t see any increase in women with the highest intake at all. The risk was almost lower”

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