Well I contemplated the health benefits of partaking in Dry July, especially since it’s for such a good cause, but I missed the bus and actually had a wine on day 1, and that was even on a Monday!
If you are like me and never committed upfront or have already given into temptation or not like me and are doing Dry July, I have the best tip for both of us.
TIP: Use this time to reassess your relationship with alcohol and decide how your future will be with less of it in your body and life.
This could mean improved sleep, more energy, better skin, bright eyes, shift the beer/wine belly, be healthier, fitter, less hang overs, more tolerance for others, greater clarity, less emotional reactions, less embarrassing situations, less memory loss etc etc.
You will already know just how TOO much alcohol affects you negatively, so reverse this thought and list what Positives you will personally gain by drinking less. It may just be more money in your pocket!
Over the years I have significantly reduced my alcohol intake and am much much happier and healthier for it. I still hit the reset button every now and then by going alcohol free for a while and revisit my commitment and decision about the amount of wine I’m happy to continue having in my diet.
During the month of Dry July, I will dedicate my blogs for tips to get you through the month alcohol free and how to go about moderating your alcohol intake or giving it up in future, post July!
Here’s your first task:
Task 1: Choices
Decide if you would like to drink less permanently? Yes or No.
Decide how on much that would be exactly?
- Over the course of the week or month
- Within one sitting.
Contemplate your decisions during the month of July, as you may change your mind, but come July 31st take control and commit to your new quota for life.
Even the smallest reduction is a start and maybe every 6 months you can work on cutting it down again.
As a guideline, for adult men and women, the NZ Ministry of Health recommends:
- 2 standard drinks a day for women and no more than 10 standard drinks a week
- 3 standard drinks a day for men and no more than 15 standard drinks a week
and at least 2 alcohol-free days every week.
On a single occasion of drinking by drinking no more than:
- 4 standard drinks for women on any single occasion
- 5 standard drinks for men on any single occasion. (Before you jump for glee and think you drink way under the guidelines, please check out the Ministry of Health website to understand what a “standard” drink consists of).
330 ml can of beer @ 4% alcohol = 1 standard drink.
100 ml glass of table wine @ 12.5% alcohol = 1 standard drink