A recent study published in The Lancet (one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world) concluded that any small benefit of alcohol consumption is far outweighed by the potential harms including cancer (other risks include heart disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, TB, infections, not to mention alcohol poisoning and accidents). The guideline published by the Chief Medical Officer of the UK stated that that there is “no safe level of alcohol consumption”. (Link to the article here)
So has this convinced you to completely stop drinking?
Maybe not but, consider this…
Why do you feel that you need to drink alcohol?
So often we open a beer or pour ourselves a glass of wine out of habit. Or, if we are in a social setting we automatically order a drink or accept one from a host. But why do we think we need to do this? If our host offered us something we never would consume (like a drug or a cigarette) we would refuse but what is it about the booze?
I think we believe that alcohol solves a lot of problems
We drink to feel less overwhelmed or to relax or to feel at comfortable in a social situation. Perhaps we drink to fit in.
What to do before you pour that drink:
- Give yourself at least a 2-3 minutes to pause before indulging. Remember, that drink will still be there in 2-3 minutes.
- Ask yourself: why do I think I need this? What is going to do for me?
- Alcohol acts as a buffer so what emotion or thought am I trying to get away from?
- What other ways might I relax and enjoy myself without the alcohol
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