Mental health & Alcohol

This year I am going to be adding more blogs by writing about notable events. ‘Dry January’ is about us bringing awareness to our drinking habits after hitting Christmas festivities and overindulgences.

The idea behind ‘Dry January’ is that for the month of January people commit to skipping alcohol for the entire month. Us not drinking for a month can offer some major health benefits. Its appeal is to help those who have noticed a pattern in their drinking to curb how much they drink. Concerns about mental health and drinking should go hand in hand.

But it is important we continue to think about our health and our lifestyle, not just when we’re feeling under the weather or when we’re beginning to feel poorly. It is important we understand as much as we can and consider what effects alcohol has on our mental and physical state. ‘Dry January’ encourages us to think about our drinking habits.

Whilst having alcohol has become more socially accepted, some of us are becoming more reliant on it, using it to prop ourselves up, particularly in times of stress. Cutting alcohol from our lifestyle, can help improve heart and liver health.

Middle-aged drinkers are being advised to take more alcohol-free days a week in a bid to cut down on health-related risks, as part of a new campaign by health officials.

Public Health England (“PHE”) and The Drinkaware Trust, the alcohol awareness charity, will unveil drink free days through a joint campaign to help people reduce the amount of alcohol they regularly consume.

The Chief Executive of PHE, Duncan Selbie, acknowledged that whilst we enjoy the odd tipple, it’s important we monitor our alcohol consumption so that we have alcohol-free days during the week.

It’s easy to get into a habit, where we enjoy a drink, whether it’s a regular glass of wine with our dinner, or watching football on the sofa with a few beers, it’s too easy to let our drinking creep up without us realising.

Sources:

Standard.co.uk

The Guardian.com


3 Jan, 2019

4 thoughts on “Mental health & Alcohol

  1. I really appreciate your efforts to clear the air, in a straight forward way, about the danger of alcohol abuse. The information in this blog will certainly help people reclaim their ability to approach life without being addictive-dependent.

    People’s worries have evolved, but we can drink responsibly.

    1. Thanks Tim. The information I put out in my blog is there simply to help us make informed choices about our lifestyle. These new blogs will simply add to what is already a lifestyle blog.

      I think your first paragraph sums up your response beautifully. Given the state of the world and the added stress we have, people do need to reclaim their ability to approach life in the best way they can.

      If my blogs can help with that then I’m happy.

  2. Yes, this is why I have 16 years of sobriety in AA seeing as the alcohol affected me very negatively, but I still continued to drink.

    People don’t realize how quickly it can become a bad habit, especially if there’s a history of alcoholism in the family. My father was an alcoholic and my mother enjoyed the prescription plan, so they were both pretty oblivious to what was happening to us.

    All I know is that it never agreed with. When I thought I was behaving like James Bond when I was drunk, I was actually acting more like Austin Powers, which was truly embarrassing.

    There is also the chance of developing Parkinson’s disease so not drinking for me is the only safe way to go.

    1. Thanks Randy. I love that you’re so open and honest about your life. I think it helps for us to talk about things. Don’t be embarrassed. It’s your parents who should have been embarrassed because they failed you.

      I remember my father paying for my very first counselling session, which I thought was very nice at the time. What I didn’t think about was the fact that he was responsible for me having to have counselling in the first place.

      In both of our cases, we weren’t responsible so we shouldn’t feel embarrassed. Remember you’re a good guy Randy. Well done on your 16 years sobriety in AA.

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