So ya'll might recognize that I'm on this Teetotaller kick right now. That's just what I do. I find something that has been beneficial to me and I share the love. Loudly and obnoxiously until people start listening or I move on to something else.
And right now that "love" is "alcohol is poison and if you're trying to get healthy and still drinking you're never going to really 'get healthy'."
And this isn't new news, this article from Time Magazine is from 2018....it's just that not enough people are making noise about it.
and the alcohol industry has big pockets to keep people on their side, telling us "oh no, it's totally ok in moderation!"
And the enabling 90's were 30 years ago, it's time to start making waves for our mental and physical health and the future of our society.
“THE EVIDENCE IS ADDING UP THAT NO AMOUNT OF DRINKING IS SAFE.”
"A new study concludes there’s no amount of alcohol consumption that’s safe for overall health — a finding that’s likely to surprise moderate drinkers, and that has left some experts unconvinced. For years, public health officials have said that, while no one should pick up drinking in search of better health, moderate drinking (defined as up to a drink per day for women and up to two per day for men) probably won’t hurt anyone who already imbibes, and may even confer some benefits. This standard is written into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is supported by organizations including the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. But the new paper, published Thursday in The Lancet, calls that long-held conclusion into question. “The evidence is adding up that no amount of drinking is safe,” says study co-author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor of global health and health metrics sciences at the University of Washington. “I don’t think we’re going out on a limb to say anything that the data do not support.”
And we're all aware that alcohol use can lead to a litany of health issues as supported by statistics from the Center for Disease Control, such as:
Injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, and burns.6,7
Violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.6-10
Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels.11
Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.12,13
Miscarriage and stillbirth or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) among pregnant women.6,12,14,15
Long-Term Health Risks
Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:
High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.6,16
Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.6,17
Weakening of the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick.6,16
Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.6,18
Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.6,19
Social problems, including family problems, job-related problems, and unemployment.6,20,21
Alcohol use disorders, or alcohol dependence.5
Soooo, just curious....what would it look like if alcohol WASN'T a part of your life?
Because it makes it harder when the threat of something is out there...."could cause", "could lead to....."
but how are your relationships looking?
how's your anxiety?
how's your immunity? Always getting sick, feeling run down, low energy?
what do your finances look like?
and what does your family history look like? Because genetics loads the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger....you have to know what you're working with (or against).
One of the hardest challenges in my life was quitting drinking. It took over 6 years to actually, finally quit 100%. To admit to myself that I couldn't do it just a little bit. That NO amount of alcohol was good for me, my body, healthy, mind, family, relationships, finances, career, or future.
And it's scary to admit that you might have an issue. Or that you just don't want to drink anymore because what does life look like then? What does your social life look like? What will your friends say? Will they want to hang out with you still? Will you be the boring one? Will you even want to hang out with them? What do the holidays look like? Or concerts? Or hell, the weekend?!?
I can help with some of those concerns. My first consultation is free and I invite you to reach out when you're ready. Judgment-free support from someone that's been there. Send me an email and we can start talking.