Drinking Alcohol Is Not Healthy!
Why do people drink?
People turn to alcohol for various reasons.
Some seek relaxation, or use alcohol as a crutch in order to socialize.
Some like to celebrate or use alcohol as a coping mechanism for emotional challenges or even bad news.
The World Health Organization says that “Alcohol is a toxic, psychoactive, and dependence-producing substance and has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer decades ago – this is the highest risk group, which also includes asbestos, radiation and tobacco“.
According to Dr. Daniel Amen, “alcohol diminishes brain volume, decreases blood flow to the brain, induces atrophy of the hippocampus, diminishes the production of new brain cells, and heightens the risk of dementia“.
In their Brain Warriors Way video, Dr. Amen and his wife discuss the detrimental effects of even the smallest amount of alcohol, emphasizing why consuming alcohol, including wine, is not conducive to good health.
Watch as Dr. Amen elaborates on the unhealthy aspects of drinking alcohol.
- Alcohol is related to 7 different kinds of cancer including mouth cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and liver cancer!
- Alcohol is associated with premature aging in your brain.
- Drinking Alcohol makes you more likely to say something that will hurt people’s feelings. You brain has a memory, so when you say terrible things, a person could remember it the rest of their life.
- Drinking alcohol increases cravings for food so you actually eat way more calories than you should, which can cause weight gain.
Put Down that Wine Glass!
Wine, often seen as a symbol of sophistication, and as a way to socialize, doesn’t come without risks and studies link wine to medical issues.
“All types of alcohol, including wine, beer and liquor, increase cancer risk. For some cancers, such as breast and esophageal, the risk starts increasing with less than one drink per day. Overall, the greater the alcohol consumption, the greater the cancer risk” according to the The American Institute for Cancer Research.
It’s important to understand that, contrary to popular belief, even a small amount of wine can have serious health implications.
Moving away from wine dependence for relaxation, and instead embracing mindfulness, and engaging in meaningful conversations, can provide the same sense of enjoyment without relying on alcohol as a crutch.
Yes, learning to socialize without relying on wine or other alcohol might initially feel uncomfortable.
It may take a little time to navigate through the feelings of nervousness or anxiety, especially if you’re shy, and that’s OK!
Consider it a challenge waiting to be conquered and a personal triumph waiting to happen!
Engaging in conversations without the influence of alcohol creates a level playing field, where you’ll discover the rewards of genuine connections.
In the end, the discomfort gives way to the benefits of a more authentic social experience and improved health.
Creating an Awareness!
Creating awareness about why you drink and reflecting on your motivations for drinking helps you understand whether it’s driven by social, emotional, or habitual factors.
You’ll be able to identify triggers, which enables you to address underlying emotions in a constructive way.
One thing that might help in identifying your triggers is journaling.
By understanding why you drink, you become empowered to make intentional choices aligned with your well-being and develop a more balanced lifestyle.
When you stop drinking altogether, your body may go through several positive changes, leading to various health benefits:
❤️ Increased energy
💙 Improved sleep
❤️ Clear headed
💙 Less depression
❤️ Less anxiety
💙 Better immune system
❤️ Less tired
💙 Better skin
❤️ Weight loss
Understanding your reasons about why you drink, is a key step toward a healthier lifestyle.
Creating awareness of the motivations that drive you to drink, is a valuable way to gain insight into potential patterns, and empowers you to make better informed choices.
Imagine how much better you’ll feel, the money you’ll save, and how much clearer your future will look by living without alcohol.
Exploring healthier alternatives, and since socialization is excellent for our well-being, see if you can do with without the need for a crutch.
Take care of you, by choosing health over alcohol!
You can do it!
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