Alcohol and how to drink responsibly
It is common for us to hear the phrase “drink responsibly”. In fact, alcoholic drinks and advertisements for alcoholic products are consistently promoting the “drink responsibly” message.
But what exactly does it mean to drink responsibly and what are the top tips to help you drink responsibly?
Many of us enjoy a drink, whether that’s to relax on the weekend with friends, or having a few drinks after work with colleagues. But its very easy for things to get out of hand and routine drinking can lead to habits that can cause addiction and long term health issues.
Why do I want to keep drinking alcohol?
It’s not uncommon for Australian adults to turn to alcohol when facing challenging times.
According to Lifeline, people are drawn to substances such as alcohol and drugs for a variety of complex reasons including to relax, have fun, and dull or escape emotional and physical pain.
Like many of these substances, alcohol is addictive which means you need increasingly more of it to experience the same effects and as you consume more, you’ll experience cravings and urges to continue consuming.
This means if you’re not consciously choosing to drink responsibly, you can easily become addicted to alcohol and experience a range of health and emotional repercussions discussed above.
Why should I drink responsibly?
According to Health Direct, no amount of alcohol can be said to be safe, and any alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancers and weight gain.
Drinking heavily and binge drinking causes a range of short-term issues for the body including dizziness, vomiting, loss of memory, coordination and judgement, headaches and those who are intoxicated are at higher risk of being in an accident or causing injury to others.
Heavy consumption of alcohol decreases our general wellbeing, increases our risk of injury and disease, interrupts sleep patterns, and impacts on family dynamics.
It also lowers our immune system, slows down the central nervous system and inhibits many of the brain’s functions.
According to Health Direct, some of the impacts on the body long term include:
- Increased risk of having stroke and developing dementia
- Increased blood pressure, heart damage and increased chance of heart attack
- Increased risk of liver cancer, stomach and bowel cancer
- Reduction in fertility for both men and women
- Hormonal cycle disruption for women.