Do you love a drink or six? Find wine a great way to unwind? You could be stuck in a vicious cycle…
Growing up in the UK with the pub being the centre of the social universe, big cities galore offering exciting nights out and bars exclusively being dedicated to vodka shots served on racks (yes that is ordering 6 + shots of vodka in one go – painful) I have certainly had my fair share of drinks in my time.
Now though, as I have progressed to a far healthier lifestyle, I preferring waking up ready for a walk or yoga on a Sunday morning and have ditched the Panadol and hangovers for good and I would never go back. I do have the odd drink, and I really enjoy it – but I no longer drink to ‘fit in’, out of habit or just because I have had a bad day.
Drinking is socially normal, alcoholic drinks taste nice and a few glasses of vino certainly do help conversation flow. The problem today, is the way that some of us are drinking.
You may drink to get drunk – to feel a sense of escape – really, that means that booze may have become a coping mechanism for you, but it isn’t a good one. I am not judging this as right or wrong – just pointing out, it might be time to address it – especially if deep down, you know it’s now what you really want to be doing.
Others of you may drink out of habit, a routine glass of wine or 3 after work, just because…well, that is what you do. Does this really make you feel good? Or does it make you feel good in the short term, but again, deep down – you know it’s not helping you keep healthy or feel good about yourself.
Drinking alcohol dramatically increases your cancer risk, it can cause disturbed sleep and even if you aren’t boozing it up all the time, drinking can leave you feeling down in the dumps – those blue moments can made life seem very dark some days.
When it comes to booze, my view is that if you choose to drink – then drink on your terms, a little of what you like, avoid drinking out of obligation or just to fit in and certainly find a healthier habit than half a bottle of wine to drink when you get home from work to unwind – there really are better solutions.
Be honest – do you drink too much? Does alcohol have a negative impact on your life sometimes? You can change it. So many people think they can’t – but if you believe you can, then – well, you CAN. It’s the messages that you tell yourself that are the most important.