Drink Less to be Happy and Healthy During the
I have been hearing an increasingly common story among us and friends, family and random
acquaintances. Everyone is noticing that their alcohol stash diminishing at a rapid rate. Those
ubiquitous boxes of wine - gone in three days. The ice cold beers that used to be a treat after a
day of working outside - hmm… Already time to replenish?
FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO HIGHER ALCOHOL USE
So what is happening? Well multiple factors are merging together to create an atmosphere ripe
for shall we call “excess alcohol indulgence”. These factors include:
● Children underfoot 100% (hey we love them, but what we wouldn’t give or a playdate at
somebody else’s house)
● Too much together time with your partner
● Boring house and yard projects that now must be faced as the excuse bucket is empty
● Bad news constantly
● A deluge of virtual happy hours that start at 4:30.
WHAT IS A SERVING OF WINE ACTUALLY IS
First off a little education about what constitutes a serving size of wine. To figure out really what
one serving of wine is do the following:
● Take your bottle of wine and get a measuring cup out and pour in ½ cup. Then, very
carefully add 1 more tiny ounce. Look at it very closely. What you have in front of you
is considered one serving of alcohol. Yep!! That small, piddly and insignificant glass of
wine is considered one serving of wine. Sorry folks. Serving sizes are always smaller
than we like.
FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MODERATE YOUR ALCOHOL USE:
1. If you plan to drink alcohol on a particular day - then you must delay, procrastinate, put
off the hour you have your first drink. If you start drinking at five, and bedtime is at
eleven, most likely you are going to consume more than that tiny little 5-ounce glass
alcohol in six hours. Many folks have told me they like to drink wine while they cook
dinner and this is fine, but be aware of how much you consume cooking, during and after
dinner. It can add up.
2. Make the alcohol difficult to get to, so when you want to have another glass you have to
go through a hassle or some kind of discomfort to access it. Put it in a high cupboard
behind annoying other stuff. Place it in the garage behind a mess of old tools and other
miscellaneous junk that has accumulated out there so that just thinking about climbing
out there feels overwhelming.
3. Spread it out. Intersperse alcohol use with other non-alcoholic beverages, such as
water, sparkling water, tea, coffee, juice, etc.
4. Have a schedule so there is some kind of structure to your day and or evening. If you
find yourself out of work and the days loom long and endless, this is particularly
important. Get out your calendar and write or type up something.
5. Don’t buy a lot of alcohol at once. Buy only what you plan to drink for the week..
Opening the fridge or pantry with lots of alcohol will tempt you to drink more than you
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