The holidays are here! And one of those questions that comes up at get-togethers with family and friends:
How about a drink? More specifically, how about a drink with alcohol in it?
Chances are, you’ve heard that question. Or you’ve asked it. Or, maybe you’ve asked yourself that question.
What’s your answer?
We live in a culture in which alcohol is widely promoted. We see it in advertising. At events with family and friends. At restaurants, as well as the numerous bars that are prevalent in big and small towns.
A lot of my clients talk to me about their drinking. Some of them have been treated for alcohol use in the past, and are working on maintaining their sobriety. Or currently struggling with it. Others don’t drink at all and are comfortable with that decision. I also have clients who drink socially and feel okay with the role of alcohol in their life.
But I also have clients who are not sure if their current use of alcohol is healthy for them. They may have doubts that they aren’t quite ready to acknowledge. Many of these clients are also living with chronic conditions.
If you’re living with diabetes, you have most likely had the alcohol lecture from your physician. Alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of medications. It can bring on uncomfortable or even dangerous symptoms. Alcohol can interfere with your ability to cope emotionally. It can have a long term negative impact on health.
It’s not my intention to lecture you about alcohol use. But I do want to share some of the advice that I give my clients when they talk about the role of alcohol in their lives and how it interferes with their physical and emotional wellness. Here’s a link to an article I recently posted:
So, how about a drink? Or not?
What place does alcohol have in your life over the holidays? How did you make this decision? Any advice to give to another member about making the alcohol decision?
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