Risky Business!

It’s been a while since we’ve showed the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines and one of those cool, slightly accelerated Sharpie videos.  This one talks about how to conceptualize drinks.  How to count, really.

We can limit the damage from alcohol upon our lives, our health and our culture, if we simply become more conscious of our consumption.

We’ve been convinced by big media that drinking is sexy, fun, cool…and we see these images in movies, television commercials and in print media. But when we look at alcohol more objectively, we discover that intoxication and drunkenness are very far from those things.    Think about how big drinkers handle themselves in social situations, or within periods of stress.

Tragically, when we look at big consumers of alcohol we may discover aggression, slovenliness, habitual escapism, emotional instability.   We discover chronic illness, ravaged immune systems and worn-out livers and kidneys.  Sadly, we commonly discover pain.

More hopefully, if we learn to manage our consumption, and not pair it with our vulnerabilities, we can help ourselves.  We can create habits grounded in reality, instead of images fabricated to sell booze.  We can enjoy it, truly, and find that reasonable limits actually help to polish the good times.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

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

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