Dr. Lisa Simon is an Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.Her primary focus and interest is in the fields of chronic disease and injury prevention, both of which have ties to alcohol consumption.
1. Why did you accept the Ready to be Thirsty Challenge?
Because it’s a great way to encourage us all to reflect on the normalized role that alcohol plays in our lives, the potential hidden harms from alcohol, and how we as individuals and as a society have the opportunity to re-shape that.
2. Tell us your thoughts/feelings about how you think the challenge will go.
Alcohol doesn’t play a substantial role in my life, but I do enjoy a drink on most weekends. I think I’ll miss that drink a bit as it symbolizes ‘weekend relaxation’ for me, but will likely find the challenge a helpful reminder that life would be (at least) equally good if alcohol wasn’t a part of it!
3. Are there any events or occasions in February where you might be especially tempted?
My husband’s birthday is in February, so I’ll have to share in that celebration without a drink. He’s promised to cheer me on.
Whether or not you have any intention of changing your drinking patterns in the long-term, joining this challenge is a great communal opportunity to reflect on the role that alcohol unknowingly plays in our lives.
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