Is Life Without Alcohol Really That Terrible? What The Research Is Telling Us…

Life Without Alcohol: Is it so bad? Are we social drinkers? Isn’t this an interesting question we may want to ask ourselves. Concurrently, how would life be without cigarettes, pizza, and burgers? Why would any ‘sane man’ give up what he loves drinking and eating?

When I used to drink, I lacked energy the next day. My joints creaked and much more. I paid a price in much reduced mental, emotional and physical function. We all know drinking alcohol isn’t a health drink, right? Furthermore, other liquids such as soda pop qualify. But, why would we eat and drink something that made us feel so lousy the next day? This is not rational.

‘Is one alcoholic beverage a day good for you? I am certain the alcoholic beverage industry would like us to think so. After all, aren’t they in the business of making money…’?

You have likely heard a ‘glass of wine’ daily is healthy to drink. We all like hearing good news about bad habits. What the research on wine is telling us…

‘Red wine contains antioxidative components like resveratrol, proanthocyanidine, quarcetin, etc. and these active components exert protective functions like free radical scavenging effects, decreasing the oxidative stress and reducing the inflammatory atherosclerotic lesion in both animals and humans, which is evident in this review. From these findings, it has been concluded that red wine as a diet supplement might be beneficial for cardiovascular risk factors [1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3023893/]’.

Is even one alcoholic drink every day really that healthful for us. How about when we go over. Is it in how much and how often?

‘Alcohol Use Disorder

Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD.  AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences [2 https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders]’.

People drink alcoholic beverages for various reasons. Yet, one can escape his problems, but eventually we come back to earth and see our dilemmas are still there exactly as they were. We may wish to ponder reasons why we drink alcohol at all. Or, find a strategy to cut down…

‘What’s a “standard” drink?

Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a “standard” drink. In the United States, a standard drink is any drink that contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol (also known as an alcoholic drink-equivalent) [3 https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/How-much-is-too-much/what-counts-as-a-drink/whats-A-Standard-drink.aspx]’.

There is an alternative I know of and use to bring me a feeling of peace and serenity. We can learn to meditate. It costs nothing and we won’t suffer from ‘hangovers’ the next morning. In addition, we can monitor our thoughts and catch ourselves wallowing in the muck of life.

‘On a plant based whole food diet I lost 50 pounds and haven’t gained a pound back, got much healthier and hopefully will live a lot longer than I would have eating largely processed and refined foods like most us Americans do…’ ~ your author

Thinking positive thoughts will make us feel better attracting more to us of what we think about most. In conclusion, we must ask this one question of ourselves… shall we ‘be a drinker or not be a drinker’, that’s the question. And, if we continue drinking alcohol, how much and how often is beneficial to our health and at what point does it become a detriment to it?

Source- 1 Saleem, T S Mohamed, and S Darbar Basha. “Red Wine: A Drink to Your Heart.” Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, Medknow Publications, Oct. 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3023893/.

2 “Alcohol Use Disorder.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 4 June 2020, www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders.

3 “What’s a Standard Drink? – Rethinking Drinking – NIAAA.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/How-much-is-too-much/What-counts-as-a-drink/Whats-A-Standard-Drink.aspx.

Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.

 

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