Why is it so triggering to talk about alcohol?
I know when I mention how important it is to explore your relationship with alcohol, I see people’s eyes glaze over. Or, they’re figuring out how quickly they can move away from me and this conversation.
I find it fascinating, especially because most of the people I’m talking to are very concerned about what they’re putting into their body.
They read food labels. They take the time to look for organic fruits and vegetables. They don’t want to consume too much sugar, or processed foods. They don’t drink soda.
But, they’ve absolutely never questioned what alcohol is made of, and the impact that it has on their body.
Trust me, I get it. I was in that exact same position, before I decided to get sober almost five years ago.
And, honestly, the reason I first decided to quit drinking, was to lose some weight. It was a few months after my divorce was finalized. I had gained weight from stress eating and drinking way too much Sauvignon Blanc.
A health coach I was working with, suggested that I might want to quit drinking for 30 days, to see how I felt. It was so random, because she had no idea how much I was drinking. I thought sure, what do I have to lose. I needed to kickstart something.
I was about halfway through those 30 days, when I knew I would never drink again.
I just felt so much more like myself.
I wasn’t groggy.
I was sleeping better.
I had so much more clarity.
My athletic performance improved.
My creativity was sharper.
In January 2023, the World Health Organization issued a report that “no level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health.” The report states that:
Alcohol is a toxic, psychoactive, and dependence-producing substance and has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer decades ago – this is the highest risk group, which also includes asbestos, radiation and tobacco. Alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, including common types of cancer like bowel and breast cancer. (read more here)
I’m not telling this to scare you, but I want to make you aware.
I knew none of this when I quit drinking. I just knew that something needed to change in my life. I was 47 I knew deep down I was drinking too much. I no longer wanted to consume a substance that was slowly sucking the life out of me.
The more you know, the better decisions you can make.
If you’re curious about exploring your relationship with alcohol, reach out and book a STRONGER SOBER session, under the WORK WITH ME tab.
I’ve got you!