Wine is good, too much is not! How do you know when it’s time to change?

There’s absolutley nothing wrong with having an occasional drink to help you to unwind and relax after a hard days work!

And in fact it’s medically proven that a glass of red wine is indeed beneficial to your health.

If you’d like to maintain and live a nice healthy lifestyle but would still like to enjoy the odd tipple but are becoming concerned about your drinking habits maybe it’s time to  start asking yourself some serious questions and then address the situation before it gets out of hand and perhaps find alternative ways to relax?

What you could find though is that the occasional glass of wine to relax is becoming more and more of a regular thing and you find that you can’t relax until you’ve had that drink, and of course as with anything one glass becomes two and before you know it, it’s a full bottle gone before the end of the evening and you wake up with a thumping headache and feel horrid for the rest of morning!

If you have kids it makes it that much harder to cope and if you’re going out to work it’s not the best start to your day.

Q. In what situation do you consume alcohol? What are your feelings in these situations? Does it make you feel more self confident?

Q. On average how many units do you consume a week? (Be truthful) you can only change if you are willing to take a good hard look in the mirror.

Q. What do you think would be a good alternative to drinking in the situations that you identified?

E.g. come home exhausted, kids screaming and running around. You’ve had a hard day at work and all you want is to put up your feet and want share a bottle of wine with a friend or partner.

How do you stop after one glass?

What other activities or relaxation techniques in your lifestyle could you use as an alternative?

Q. You go out with all your friends after a long week at work and you just want to have fun. They all want to go out and party.

  • How do you stop your self from drinking too much?
  • What can your friends do to help you and support you?
  • Are there any other alternative lifestyle changes or activities you could do?
  • What are the alternative drinks you could drink?

Keep a diary of intake in units to clarify your pattern of use and quantities. Cutting down works best if you set limits for yourself that you feel you might reasonably stick to.

  • Identify those occasions, times of day, companions, or moods when you are prone to excessive use.
  • Rather than just focusing on reducing your alcohol intake, think about increasing some other activity. There are lots of different and novel opportunities to do something different – use them; you may uncover an unknown aspect to your personality.
  • The influence of others can be powerful, so use it to support yourself; write down the friends that you can rely on to support you. Communicate with your friends to try and find other activities that you can do together opposed to drinking.
  • It can be helpful to write up a balance sheet of the pros and cons of drink, in order to clarify whether you are really determined to cut down.

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Tips To Help You Reduce Alcohol in Social Situations

Stopping social drinking

Weekend Wine?

Do you find that you are drinking more and more in social situations?

Does that make you feel uncomfortable? Do you want to take some positive steps to get your life back?

Talk to a partner or friend – they could help you highlight some self-help ideas.

Try to stop drinking alcohol on weekdays and make some minor lifestyle changes like increasing your physical activity.

When you are drinking, try to substitute every second drink with water, non-alcoholic beer, coffee or a soft drink.

If you usually go to a bar for lunch during the day at work, then try taking a packed lunch instead and a bottle of mineral water.

If you normally visit a bar on the way home from work, take a different route home, so you won’t be tempted to stop at the bar or better still try to start going to the gym straight after work.

Take up a new hobby or interest to occupy the time when you would usually be drinking.

Ways To Help You Stop Drinking Completely:

  1. Choose a date to stop completely and stick to it. Draw up a plan of action, considering what methods are available to you.
  2. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids – Keep a glass of water or juice handy and sip it steadily.
  3. Take more exercise (though check with your physician first) – Walk instead of using the bus or car. Use the stairs instead of the lift. Exercise helps you relax and can boost your morale and increase your self confidence.
  4. Think positively – Stopping drinking can be hard. Irritability and feelings of stress and urges to drink are common, but they usually disappear after a few weeks.
  5. Change your routine – Avoid social activities that include alcohol.
  6. Don’t make excuses – Don’t use a crisis or a stress management situation or even good news as an excuse for “just one drink”.
  7. Treat yourself – Use the money you are saving by not drinking to buy yourself something special.

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Alcohol and Socialising and What Happens When We Drink Alcohol?

Alcohol is our favourite drug. Most people associate it with fun, with being sociable and with celebrations. We may also use it to help us feel better when we are tense or unhappy, or to gain more self confidence.

Social drinking can be extremely pleasurable and, in moderation, may even have health benefits. One snag is that, although alcohol initially acts as a ‘pick-you-up’ and mood – enhancer, it is ultimately a depressant; so a heavy night drinking is likely to leave you feeling worse rather than better. Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure, cause heart failure and lead to stroke. It also contributes to obesity and is a definite no go for a healthy lifestyle.

The more you drink, and the more often you drink, the more of it you need to feel the same effects. Over a period of time habitual over-consumption can have a wide range of consequences – social, psychological and physical.

The way your body responds to alcohol is very similar to the way it deals with excess carbohydrate. Although carbohydrate can be converted directly into fat, one of the main effects of overfeeding with carbohydrate is that it simply replaces fat as a source of energy.

Rather than getting stored as fat, the main fate of alcohol is conversion into a substance called acetate. In fact, blood levels of acetate after drinking vodka were 2.5 times higher than normal. And it appears this sharp rise in acetate puts the brakes on fat loss.

A car engine typically uses only one source of fuel. Your body, on the other hand, draws from a number of different energy sources, such as carbohydrate, fat, and protein. To a certain extent, the source of fuel your body uses is dictated by its availability.

In other words, your body tends to use whatever you feed it. Consequently, when acetate levels rise, your body simply burns more acetate, and less fat. In essence, acetate pushes fat to the back of the queue.

So, to summarize and review, here’s what happens to fat metabolism after the odd drink or two.

A small portion of the alcohol is converted into fat.

Your liver then converts most of the alcohol into acetate.

The acetate is then released into your bloodstream, and replaces fat as a source of fuel.

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