If you didn’t make it, let’s kick off with a positive;
The amazing Dan Buettner who explores the globe for National Geographic, found the four areas of the world where the inhabitants have the longest lifespans.
From this research his work, How To Live To 100 – Nine Healthy Habits was created.
One of these healthy habits is to drink red wine in moderation every day. So, from this we know that drinking red wine was a habit of at least one of the worlds ‘blue zones’.
For those who enjoy a glass of wine isn’t this great news?
Add to this endless research telling us that the main indicator for living a long and happy life is our social interactions, not our life style. Supporting this is recent research from Oxford University linking visiting your local pub for a drink, to a contented, happy life. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40750-016-0058-4
So, what is my point? I’ve just presented you with reasons to nip down the pub for a pint or drink red every day!!! Well not quite!
Here’s the thing, I think alcohol consumption is a very personal matter. I think we all know if we are drinking for the right reasons. I think we know if we drink the right amount and I think we all know if its becoming a problem and having a detrimental effect on our lives. My main point would be to take a quiet moment and get honest with yourself about your drinking. If you took part in dry January, what were your reasons for doing this? If you gave up on dry January, why? Or now you’ve succeeded with dry January, what next? It really is all about you.
Finally, if you are not clear what the health guidelines are for sensible drinking here are a couple of links and definitions to help. But remember it really is personal stuff and what your body may have been okay with once, may well change over the years. On a personal note, if I drank red wine every day I’d be half asleep most of the time!!!
For women, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week. For men, it is defined as no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. NIAAA research shows that only about 2 in 100 people who drink within these limits have AUD.
For a reliable guide to exactly what a unit of alcohol is, see the NHS link below