Drinking every night? The chances are good, that you know a lot of people who drink every night. This may give you a little reassurance – unfortunately, there is no safety in numbers when it comes to alcohol.
Alcohol is the second most addictive drug on planet earth! However, we tend to lose sight of this fact because it is legal in most countries.
Alcohol and cigarettes managed to get their legal status not because they are harmless. Rather because they were introduced to the market before we were savvy enough to have rules and laws about what can be marketed to the general public.
Not long ago wine, or any form of alcohol, was considered a preventative medicine/drink. Before we had sanitary drinking water, the wine was the safest option available.
Good mothers made sure their children enjoyed a morning cup of some fermented beverage for calories as well as for prevention of disease. Up to the 1940’s doctors were actually prescribing a course of drinking every night – just the same as cigarettes were prescribed to help with chest infections!
Drinking every night, so what?
It was rather straightforward then, back in the day drinking was critical for survival. Today, it’s simpler to solve a trigonometry problem in your head than to get a trustworthy answer about how much we should be drinking each day.
How much is too much?
I’ve been carrying out a very anecdotal questionnaire over the past several months, asking friends what they have been told by doctors about problem drinking.
One friend was advised to limit his consumption to 2-3 pints a day. My doctor friend advised me that people should always adhere to the 1-2-3 rule (one drink a day, no more than two at one time, no more than three days a week). Another friend called me the other day and said that her doctor just told her “in moderation”.
Well, one man’s moderation is another man’s paralytic.
Let us not forget that western governments advised us to eat less fat and more carbs in order to lose weight. They are also the same organizations that preached the gospel of margarine many years ago, telling us it was a more heart-healthy substance than butter.
Here’s the rub!
If you are drinking every night and now you have resorted to searching the internet to defend your actions. Then you already know what the answer is. However, are you ready to accept it?
I used to drink two bottles of wine a night and I genuinely believed it helped me deal with stress. I couldn’t stop drinking because I thought that alcohol was my one little pleasure in life.
Eventually, I realized that alcohol is so addictive because it sets up a time-delayed command in the brain. This command activates roughly 24 hours after the last drinking session.
If you drink alcohol tonight, the drug will induce a sensation of stress and anxiety around the same time tomorrow. Alcohol will try hard to force you to drink again – and thus the loop is born. How devious is that?
Why not decide now and take my step by step how to stop drinking program? Make today the day you get back to a happy sober life.