March 3, 2011
How To Reduce Your Alcohol Consumption
On the whole most heavy drinkers at some stage in their life will either consider to stop drinking or just to cut down on the booze. The underlying question that they ponder on is how? To be able to tackle that question we first need to find out how life can change by cutting back or even quitting alcohol, which is exactly what we are going to do.
So what goals do we actually want to achieve by giving up alcohol is the question we need to asking ourselves, and then write down the answers so we don’t forget at a later stage. These are the sort of questions that you might find asking yourself;- Would I like to improve my lifestyle? Does my family need a better relationship with me? Does my health need improving? What is it that really wants me to drink less?
A recent study carried on people who wanted to give up drinking had some very interesting results. Out of a hundred people who wanted to give up, only half had to write down their main objectives and after a 3 month period 85% of them had actually achieved their goals.
On the other hand out of the other 50 people, only 8% managed to achieve their main objectives. The deciding factor in these cases is that you really do need to know exactly what you want in order to achieve your goal, for example getting off alcohol. So the primary task is to set yourself some realistic goals and always remember that you control the drinking and not the other way around.
You see, alcohol and your body don’t go, but just how many people out there carry on drinking alcohol when they know this? This should make you think before the next time you have a drink; within minutes of alcohol entering your body, it infiltrates your bloodstream, your brain, your liver, your pancreas, your kidneys, your lungs and every other living tissue in your body. When you think about it, every time you have a drink of alcohol it’s slowly killing you. Now that’s a nice thought isn’t it? Did you know that heavy drinkers of alcohol are known as “Chronic Drinkers.”
Recent studies have also proven that excessive drinking will also reduce our brain size, our reactions become much slower and our memory starts to go. In further studies with MRI scanning, it has been shown that alcoholics also appear to have cognitive dysfunction. The strength of the drinks we consume is also an important factor as the stronger the alcohol content, the quicker it is absorbed into our organism.
The worst thing of all are neat spirits as they will immediately irritate the stomach lining which will actually delay its absorption. It will also have an immediate effect on our central nervous system and depresses the inhibitory centers of our brain. People drink alcohol for many reasons but all the the wrong ones, as the answer to a successful life doesn’t lie in a bottle.