The Social you in the New Year

Social drinking can be very enjoyable.  It can also be a bit of a trap. 

Like anything, there is a need for balance.  Social drinking can walk a very fine line between enjoyment and overindulgence…between adding to a good time and undermining relationships.  

I was looking over an article from a website called Bustle that listed several signals, or warning signs that we might have reached the ‘tippling point’.  

Let’s look:

  • You look forward to coming home to have a drink

  • You consume alone

  • You friends and acquaintances joke (or maybe simple make remarks) about how much you drink

  • You can’t really socialize, successfully or comfortably, without alcohol

The issue is often that we’ve entrenched alcohol into our lives, and we can’t really see the beginning and the end – often we aren’t consciously choosing to let it loose or play it straight.  

But then we have that occasional moment of clarity where we become self-conscious of our drinking, and who we become when we do.  Even if you don’t care about physical consequences or risks, perhaps you care about social consequences.   

Maybe it’s when you made that bad joke, or abrasive comment, or when you lost your temper, or that time you were embarrassed.    Maybe it was when you felt anxious, or depressed, or your kids saw something in you, of which you aren’t exactly proud.

Whatever the reason, there is always a chance to reexamine your choices.  A great opportunity might be Dry January where you’ll have a chance to go off the booze for 31 days, and maybe even raise some dough for a great cause, lose weight and feel great. 

Or, if happen to miss that boat – you can get Thirsty in February in our local, Simcoe Muskoka ‘dry month’ – Ready to be Thirsty !

Author: Doug Ironside RN

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

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