Understanding Your Relationship With Alcohol
Our social and cultural view of alcohol is changing. Nowadays most people acknowledge that to have any alcohol in the blood and get behind the wheel is very dangerous. Twenty five years ago that was a view which was loosely considered, but far from the widely held view it is today. In reality, our children are growing up with a better value system around both drugs and alcohol than we did. Just as we consider some foods unhealthy (to our parents and grand-parents surprise), so our children are view alcohol in a different light.
Binge drinking is a growing problem among some sections of society, while others are generally toning down their alcohol use. One very positive aspect is that there is more information available now than ever before about the effects of alcohol. People who wish to address the issue have many opportunities to do so.
If you are struggling with alcohol issues, keep this in mind. Your tolerance has changed over the years. Many people simply can’t do at 40, what they did all night at 20. As we get older our bodies change. It might simply be time to change your habits. There’s no shame in this.
The physical impact of alcohol is obviously key. However, the social impact – particularly in the family – is the real battle ground. For many people the presence of alcohol is simply a bad idea. It will make things worse. For most people, moderation is the key. Use the download to alter your drinking patterns.
If you continue to struggle after using this download, you probably have a bigger problem. For your own sake, and the sake of people you care for, address the issue. I know what I am talking about; I used to drink like a fish. I haven’t had a drink in 15 years.
Here are a few things you can do right now, to help feel a little better if you are getting to grips with the idea of reducing your alcohol use.
- Start making sure you eat properly. That means not skipping breakfast.
- Follow breakfast with a protein shake. Protein powder, 400 ml milk or a soy drink (So Good Vanilla is a favorite), add a banana and a dark berry such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. Blend it and drink it before your work day starts.
- Use a multivitamin daily.
- Get into a sauna twice a week for a couple of weeks. You need to work up a good sweat – which pushes toxins out of your body and relieves your liver of a huge job of processing the junk you’ve been drinking.
- Don’t go crazy on a fitness drive. Moderate everything. Exercise, but do it in a sustainable way.