Female Alcoholic Body Shape – How to Spot an Alcoholic Female

The female alcoholic body shape is characterized by an apple-shaped body. Usually, you’d see a lot of weight all over with a massive stomach.

That’s right! Excessive alcohol can induce more of an apple shape than the traditional pear shape in most families. A female-heavy drinker will grow a wine belly (or wine depending on her drink of choice).

Anyways, it’s the same type of fat she’s putting on – and it’s far more dangerous in terms of ill health than regular fat.

Heavy drinking in females causes coarsening of the skin too. Alcohol has a long-lasting effect on the collagen that holds your skin together and too much consumption can lead to irreversible damage – think of Walter Matthau’s nose, for e.g. (or if you don’t know who he is, think of any old alcoholic and their nose is usually bloated, reddened and with larger pores than normal).

A female alcoholic drinker needs help. But you can’t make her quit it, that’s for sure – the only one who can do that is herself. All you can do is be there and support her as much as you can bear.

Perhaps you could go to AlAnon yourself – it’s the support group for families of alcoholics.

Female Alcoholic Body Shape

How to Spot an Alcoholic Female?

Here are 9 ways that alcohol drinking and weight gain in females are linked:

  • Excess Calories

Most alcoholic females would pick beverages or drinks high in calories for no reason.

A lot of alcoholic beverages are high in sugar, which means they’re calorie-dense, especially if you mix them with soft drinks or juices.

Even beer or wine on their own can contain lots of sugar which are bad for your body.

And when it comes to “standard drinks”, how many of us stick to the 100ml of wine, or the 285ml of beer? A night out with a couple of drinks can cause you to consume a few hundred additional calories, which will have an impact on your weight.

Imagine your calorie intake if you have extra drinks on a daily basis.

  • Increased Hunger

Alcohol and weight gain can also be linked to a female effect of drinking on their appetite.

Yes, research has shown that alcohol can also cause increased levels of hunger and appetite, even if you’re full.

So, a female alcoholic is likely to eat more food, even if her body doesn’t need it.

Even just 3 or 4 drinks can lead to a 40% increase in energy consumption!

  • Poorer Food Choices

Alcohol is known to lower inhibitions and thereby leading to poor decision-making.

So, if she is enjoying a few glasses of wine, or a beer, she is more likely to make horrible food choices, instead of picking food that will support her weight loss efforts.

  • Poorer Digestion and Nutrient Uptake

As she takes alcohol in, the secretions in her digestive tract decrease.

This leads to impaired digestive function and absorption of nutrients from food.

This will largely affect her weight management and cause her to gain some more fat.

  • Reduces the Likelihood of Exercise

Yes, after getting drunk and somehow managing to crawl to bed. The hangover comes the next morning.

Alcoholics feel like shit the next morning and will resort to sleeping to feel better. Sleep preserves their high calories and guesses what? She will be having more booze to feel better.

That’s a lot of calories in a body that isn’t even exercising regularly.

  • Reduced Muscle Growth and Increased Fat Accumulation

Another link between weight gain and alcohol is the effect it has on female muscle mass.

You heard me right. Alcohol will impair her ability to grow and maintain muscle. It will also affect her bedroom drive while increasing cortisol, a hormone that destroys muscle.

Muscle tissue is the single biggest influence on human metabolism; the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism is.

Cortisol on the other hand also leads to increased fat accumulation.

  • Poorer Recovery

Since her life will keep working harder to eliminate all forms of toxins left by alcohol, it will fail to clear out the lactic acid when she manages to do some exercise.

This means she will lack strength at her next training session, which will impact her weight loss and body shape results.

  • Prevents the Fat-Burn

When a human consumes alcohol, the body burns this first as a fuel source.

When this happens, excess glucose (sugar) and lipids (fats), aren’t used as fuel and instead, get stored in the body as fat.

  • Impacts Your Sleep

Alcohol can negatively affect your sleep levels. While it might help you doze off at the start, research has shown that it can lead to increased periods of wakefulness during the night.

As earlier stated, lack of sleep can cause an increase in your appetite. Therefore, increasing your cravings for sugar and fat, and can lead to stress, which also impeded weight loss.

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While I don’t believe in cutting out entire food groups – including alcohol! You need to cut it out if you’re serious about losing weight or changing your female alcoholic body shape to a non-alcoholic female body shape.

There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll need to either limit your alcohol intake or completely quit (recommended)!

If you feel your drinking is impacting your health and your weight, and you’re ready to do things differently, let us help you.

Author: Dr. Janet Hicks

Dr. Janet Hicks is an addiction medicine physician trained and certified to provide comprehensive care for addiction and substance-related disorders, including the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of such health conditions. With more than 25 years of experience, Doctor Janet Hicks helps you by providing all information required to educate yourself about substance detox and recovery.

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