Wellness Pathway #217 Minimize Alcohol

One of my running buddies, who loves to drink beer, was excited to read of all the recent studies indicating the potential health benefits of beer. The headlines scream: “Antioxidants in Beer may Defend against Alzheimer’s Disease!” “Beer Cuts Risk of Cataracts and Heart Disease!” “Beer may be Better than Soy or Citrus!”

The only problem, when you read the fine print, is that you would need to consume 2,000 liters of beer per day to ingest the effective concentration for antioxidant activity. All the more reason, notes my friend with a sly wink, to drink early and often.

That’s the problem with reports of the potential health benefits of alcohol, which is often based on research paid for by the alcohol industry. Such reports tempt people into drinking alcohol for health reasons, without taking into consideration the counterbalancing negative health impacts of alcohol.

In addition to inebriation, with its concomitant loss of motor and muscle control, the direct effects of alcohol are toxic. It’s the other ingredients in alcoholic drinks that make them in beneficial, when consumed in moderate amounts. And there is evidence that even small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer and birth defects in women and their children.

Andrew Weil’s recommendation is a good one to live by: “The best way to protect yourself from the hazards of alcohol is not to use it at all, and if you do drink, not to drink every day.” There are so many better ways to get the alleged health benefits of alcohol, including relaxation. Breath control, yoga, meditation, prayer, and other techniques beat a glass of red wine and other alcoholic drinks, hands down, as a way to relax and get to sleep at the end of every day.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you drink alcohol on a regular or even daily basis? Why? What do use it for? Do you limit your consumption to no more than two drinks in a 24-hour period? What changes, if any, do you want to make here?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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