There are varied reasons as to why we drink. For some it’s to socialize, others like a drink to wind down after a day at work. Many use it to cope, to cover up thoughts and feelings. Then there’s habit and addiction.
It’s time to get honest with ourselves, become aware of the body and ask, is my alcohol consumption lighting me up or dulling me down?
Australia’s heart association recommends for women, no more than 2 standard drinks per day with two alcohol free days per week and for men, no more than 3 standard drinks per day with two alcohol free days per week. A standard drink is 10 grams of alcohol (100 ml /3.38 ounces of wine) (1)
While American’s heart association recommends one drink per day for women and one to two drinks a day for men. A standard drink is 14 grams of alcohol (5 ounces /148ml of wine) in whatever form that comes. (2) If I drank like that every week, for sure there would be no light or shine in me, I would be dull, lethargic, moody and simply not serving my body or life at all.
Did you know the human body cannot excrete alcohol? It has to be converted into acetaldehyde by the liver, and then the acetaldehyde can be excreted.
This is the nasty substance that can give us a headache the day after a big night. If the liver didn’t do its job properly and alcohol accumulated in our blood, we could go into a coma and die. Alcohol is that poisonous. Thankfully the liver jumps into action and starts the conversion process and we carry on.
The trouble is, when we drink regularly, the liver’s main focus becomes alcohol and not other substances that the liver also needs to process for excretion and therefore these get recycled. This can lead to health problems. (3)
Ask yourself, why do I drink? Does it serve me? How much is too much for me, honestly? You know if you’re drinking too much and when it is impacting negatively on your health.