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Are you a boozy baby boomer?

7 Dec 2010 3:13 PM - The effects of alcohol...

This article in the press recently, highlighted some interesting facts about alcohol consumption.

It's interesting to contemplate why (as reported in the article) alcohol consumption doesn't seem to be declining as we get older (unlike in earlier generations).  Is it because, as a society, we are working harder and have more stress in our lives? Is it because we eat out of the home more often than our ancestors?

If you haven't done so before, ask yourself why you are having that drink.  And do this for every drink you have!   Is it peer group pressure?  Is it habit?  Do you actually enjoy that second or subsequent drink as much as the first?  If it is to help you unwind or switch off, do you need more than one?  Is there something else you could do that would achieve the same effect?  What is causing you to need to unwind in the first place?   

I see many clients who find it necessary to start their day with caffeine and end it with alcohol. 

This is not an ideal way to live if you want to have a long and healthy life and it suggests there is something else going on which needs to be addressed.  

An occasional drink is one thing but regular consumption is not healthy. Furthermore, what might be "fine" for someone else is not necessarily ok for you. 

Not only does alcohol contribute calories without nutrients but it also increases your risk of weight gain, high blood pressure, liver disease, some cancers, dementia and more so make a considered decision before you have each and every drink as to whether the "benefits" outweigh the risks. And if you do enjoy a drink occasionally, make even more of a concerted effort to look after yourself in other aspects of your diet and lifestyle.

If your stress levels need some help...don't pour another drink...make an appointment to see me and let's get to the bottom of the problem before it gets any worse.

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In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD

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