There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption | Professor David Nutt | The Guardian #alcoholrisk

The sentence that stands out for me in this eye opening link is “Any food or drink contaminated with the amount of acetaldehyde that a unit of alcohol produces would be immediately banned as having an unacceptable health risk.”

Why is alcohol still so readily available?

My journey so far…

At the beginning of the year I decided to stop drinking alcohol.  I wasn’t sure then what my end game was.  Did I want to give up forever or cut down?  One thing was for sure, I wanted to give alcohol a break to see what life was like without it!

Three months later I’m in Bergen, Norway (beautiful place by the way), on a weekend away with my husband and we decide to go to a bar.  Now I had been alright until then, reminding myself that alcohol is a poison and a drug and will make me feel awful.  So what do I do?  Completely ignore my own advice and three drinks later I feel a bit lightheaded, have a chocolate craving and literally inhale a bar of chocolate and then engulf a burger.

Roll on midnight and I’m totally regretting my decision as I spend the next few hours talking to God on the porcelain telephone, saying goodbye to the contents of my stomach.  Lesson learned – again!

So here I am in a bar again right now drinking… 

Apple juice.  Apple juice is good ūüôā

Women and alcohol

For a woman, juggling life is a struggle.  We have multiple roles; we may have a career, we are wives, partners, mothers, cooks and cleaners.  After racing home from a stressful day at the office, only to be greeted by other demands of cooking and homework, it is easy to pop open that bottle of wine, transitioning our shift from day to night.  It is a modern ritual and nobody questions it.

Mother‚Äôs who work at home, looking after a baby or youngster are just as¬†overwhelmed. ¬†They work all day and often at night, attending to the needs of others. ¬†Never getting an hour off unless they are asleep or get some help from a partner or friend. ¬†Sometimes that break doesn‚Äôt ever come, especially if ¬†you are a lone parent. ¬†If you look at social media such as Facebook, there is a page called ‚ÄėMoms who need Wine‚Äô which has nearly 725,000 followers.

We drink to unwind, to cope. ¬†There‚Äôs a feeling of ‚ÄúI‚Äôm doing it all;¬†Why shouldn‚Äôt I have something for myself?!!‚ÄĚ.

My drinking triggers were relationships, a rotten day at work and escapism from any troubled thoughts.  But not all of my triggers were from bad events, sometimes I just wanted to go out with my mates, get silly, have a giggle and not feel responsible any more!

What are (or were) your triggers?  What makes you want to say to heck with it all and rush down to the local off-licence to get a bottle of wine, or can of cider?

Alcohol has become normalised in society

There is a double standard in most societies that seems to separate alcohol from other drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methadone.¬† We have normalised alcohol.¬† We often read in the media that ‘drugs are worse than alcohol’, as if alcohol is not considered a drug itself!¬† Alcohol has a separate language.¬† You can get ‚Äėhigh‚Äô on drugs but only ‚Äėdrunk‚Äô on alcohol.¬† Drug addicts need a ‘fix’ but alcoholics need a ‘drink’.

Because the act of drinking a liquid is a natural and necessary function, and is considered something that we must do to stay alive, then drinking alcohol is not looked upon in the same way as other drugs that are snorted or injected.  Alcohol is a drug and the chemical name for it is methyl-carbonol.

The point of this blog…

So why the cat pictures I hear you say? ¬†Surely I should be posting a picture of some forlorn and drunk woman, slumped over a table, makeup running down her face with numerous empty bottles in front of her who has given up on life. ¬†That was far too depressing a picture to post, too obvious and, what can I say…. I like cats. ¬†I especially like the photo above, where this inquisitive feline is peering out at the world, trying to figure it all out, or is perhaps planning to pursue her next victim. ¬†That’s what I do at times (at least I try to figure out life, not attack mice; because that would be weird, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t be very good at it).

So back to the point of this blog (I did say I may ramble on and get diverted). ¬†So where did this begin? ¬†I have been questioning the amount I have been drinking for years. ¬†Probably since I started as a teenager. Alcohol has been both enormous fun and a terrible curse all at the same time. ¬† More recently I noticed how addicted I was to it, but no more so than many other people, I imagine. ¬†There would be any excuse. ¬†A stressful day, work was pissing me off or someone had wound me up. ¬†I was drinking more than a few times a week and I didn’t want to be reliant on a drug. ¬†I also can’t bear the hangovers and the awful groggy feeling you get the next day, not to mention that I was sometimes more short tempered and less patient with my family.

But this isn’t just a blog about me. ¬†It is about any woman who thinks they may be drinking too much alcohol and wants to explore cutting down, giving it up altogether or is simply interested. ¬† It is for anyone who wants to look outside of the box and wonder why most of society rely on alcohol so much. ¬†It is for any lady who is thinking about becoming ‘Liquorless’.