I know this kind of article is really annoying because many of us feel permanently guilty about how much alcohol we consume on any given week – and although we really don’t want to know – we can’t help but click on and read….
By we, I am mostly referring to women. In my world, I see a lot of us opening a bottle of wine at the end of a hard day to kick-back, chill-out and switch off. Myself included.
I occasionally find myself worrying that I open a bottle of wine to both celebrate and commiserate my day… anyone else?
Social media is awash with millions of photos of women chinking flutes and laughing over a cocktail. It’s how we connect, socialise and bond.
But, what we all really want to know is at what point does that habit become a problem?
DO YOU KNOW THE GUIDELINES?
I’m thinking that yes, you probably do but here they are in visual format, again just in case.
So there they are but WHY is it important that we stick to these guidelines?
According to those in the know, too much alcohol has many detrimental effects – amongst them are poor sleep, skin problems, digestive issues, performance problems (meaning the next day at work and not in the bedroom although that is also true!), relationship issues and worst of all the habit-forming obsession that alcohol can have. It’s an addiction but then so is coffee, chocolate, exercise and sex…
Like anything in life it’s about balance, moderation, control and most of all awareness… if you are shining a light on something it’s hard to not see it for what it is.
In my opinion, as long as you’re honest and open with yourself about your reliance on any substance other than the air we breathe and water, then you will lead a healthy life.
If you want to know whether or not you are in dangerous territory, take this self-assessment on the Drinkaware site.
Let me know what you found out ladies!
DID YOU KNOW?
A fun fact or two about alcohol:
A mixed drink that contains carbonated drink is absorbed into the body more quickly than straight shots
Distilled spirits such as brandy, gin, rum, tequila, etc. contain no carbohydrates, no fats and no cholesterol of any kind.
There is a cloud of alcohol in the outer space which is enough to make four trillion-trillion drinks
The term “Dipsomania” refers to abnormal cravings for alcohol.
United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the entire world.