When you tell people you no longer drink, they usually assume you have quit because you had an alcohol problem, otherwise why would you quit????? Alcohol is so good Right????
More often than not, when I go into more detail about my personal reasons for quitting, people will ask things like “but you will have a glass of champagne at a wedding?” or “‘you can still have a glass of wine with dinner?”.
The most common line I have heard since giving up the booze is:
‘Everything in moderation’
(This is normally said by someone who doesn’t actually drink in moderation, which makes me smile.)
So what exactly is drinking in moderation????
I live in the United Kingdom and our National Health Service (NHS) drinking guidelines are as follows:
“Men and women should not exceed 14 units of alcohol a week, this is the equivalent of 6 pints of average strength beer (4% ABV) or 7 medium glasses of wine (175ml, 12% ABV)”.
They also say “if you drink less than 14 units a week, this is considered low risk drinking. it’s called ‘low risk’ rather than ‘safe’ because there is no safe drinking level.
MAYO CLINIC defines moderate drinking as:
“Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults is up to one drink a day for women and up to 2 drinks a day for men.
They go onto say “even moderate drinking isn’t risk free. Light drinkers have a tiny but real, increased risk of some cancer”.
I know loads of people who don’t drink every day and they rarely go over the 14 units a week, so they are moderate drinkers right????
Drinking 14 units of alcohol all in one day or over a weekend is binge drinking and binge drinking is classed as heavy drinking…like it or not!!!!
So with that information, I can honestly say, I don’t know a single person who is a moderate drinker. However, I know a lot of people who believe they drink in moderation.
When the risks of heavy drinking (including weekend binge drinkers) includes cancers of the mouth, throat and breast, stroke, heart disease, liver disease and brain damage not to mention a higher risk to poor mental health and personal injury.
I have to ask the question:
WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO DRINK????
The reason is we are all addicted to alcohol whether we choose to believe it or not!!!