Lessen the Limbic Lament

I was on the hunt for a good, old-fashioned health video.  After all, we’ve spent a lot of energy on this Blog talking about political and social issues.  Perhaps for a change we could simply focus on health, or the physical elements.   Or maybe even emotional elements.

The above video is from a Public Health agency in Australia called Peninsula Health.  To my reckoning, they provide health services to the outskirts of Melbourne – a place called Mornington Penisula Shire  – just to give credit where it’s due!

If you take a few minutes to watch this video, you may discover how alcohol affects the limbic system of the brain.  In turn, you may be able to ‘science-together’ how alcohol affects our behaviour, thoughts or words.

After all, we are aware that alcohol compounds emotion – amplifying feelings and impulsiveness.   Have you ever said anything rude, troublesome, or regretful when you had a few drinks?  Been bothered by an annoying drunk?  Did something rash?  Convinced yourself to drink more?

Not dealing with those consequences is a side benefit of the low-risk drinking guidelines. Stay within the lower ranges of those (or your) drinking patterns, and you may have fewer hangovers or hasty words to regret.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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