Last week, I had dinner with some of the sober babes that I met on a sober hiking retreat in Sedona, a month ago. Most of us live in Chicagoland. From the larger group, four of us were available to get together. We picked the most central spot for dinner. Lucky for me, that landed close to home.
I was the last to arrive and when I approached the table I was welcomed immediately. Everyone got up out of their chairs. We hugged and squealed with delight at our reunion. It was so wonderful to see each other again. We were familiar with each other, having spent days and nights on a soul filled retreat together. We were also brand new, having taken off our hiking boots, and donned our pretty sundresses for the occasion. It was a thrill to be meeting up again, in real life, so close to home, solidifying the beginning of meaningful new friendships.
Our dinner lasted as long as it possibly could.
We ordered drinks. A round of the signature mocktail...
If drinking is good for my health then why do I feel like shit after I drink?
If drinking relaxes me, then why do I feel crippling anxiety after a night of drinking?
Well friends, I hate to tell you, but your beloved bottle of wine is doing more harm than good.
You know this from your own experience, and not because I am telling you.
It's not that hard to find a research study that suggests drinking in moderation is good for the heart. You can easily find some research that implies drinking helps you to live longer.
Believe me, when I say, as a drinker, nothing comforted me more than hearing science was on my side, and drinking was good for my health.
The bad news is, these studies are often funded by alcohol companies.
The outcomes are often based on factors other than alcohol.
In all the studies key word is moderation, which typically means one 5 oz glass of wine per day.
We would all like to think we are just moderate drinkers, but...