To Drink Or Not To Drink?

“Ugh, I am never drinking again” – if I had a dollar for every time I have heard one of my friends say this…

…and then if I had another dollar for every time those same friends end up drinking the following weekend despite claiming never to consume an alcoholic beverage again in their lifetime… Well, I would have a pretty fat little piggy bank by now 😛

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Everyone has a different persepective on drinking. Some people have a love/hate relationship with it – love the buzz/hate the hangover. Some like to enjoy a glass or two of wine after a hard day at work or only treat themselves to a cheeky champagne when the occasion calls for it. Some people wreck themselves almost every weekend with some serious binge drinking and others choose not to drink at all.

Each to their own. It is a personal choice after all.

Me? I don’t drink. I used to, but not anymore. Although I have never been a big drinker, there was a time in my life when I did go out on the odd occasion with the intention to ‘get drunk’. Over the past couple of years though I have made the transition from an occassional weekend binge-drinker, to “I’ll just have one or two because it’s a special celebation” to now, a complete non-drinker.

Why don’t I drink? – a question people ask me often as if saying ‘no thanks, I don’t drink’ is pure blasphomy (fellow non-drinkers can I hear an ‘amen’?). Well, mainly because my priorities have changed.

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To be honest I don’t enjoy it anymore, the taste, the social expectations and I defintely do not enjoy the next day post-drinking feeling. But above all, my number one reason for not drinking is because it just does not fit in with my lifestyle. Health and fitness is my life. I aim to look after my body in every way I can. Therefore putting toxic chemicals into my body really doesn’t support that.

This is how I see it. Why spend all week working my butt off in the gym, eating healthy and looking after my body from the inside out, only to undo all that hard work with one night of binge drinking? It’s not worth it. I would much rather look after my body than fill it with poison. I can still have a good time without drinking and I feel much better for it when the next morning I wake up feeling fresh and can smash out a sweaty endorphin boosting workout instead of nursing a hangover.

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If waking up with a throbbing headache, no energy, a horrible taste in your mouth and queezy stomach the next day isn’t enough of a sign that alcohol is poison to your body, maybe keep reading…

How alcohol effects the body

The Brain: lost inhibitions, lack of self control, memory loss, poor judgement; these are some consequences of drinking we all know to well. Alcohol also slows your reflexes, distorts your vision and can cause blackouts. Permanent brain damage can also be caused by the over-consumption of alcohol.

The Heart: drinking can result in high blood pressure, which can cause heart disease, heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, kidney failure and an abundance of other life-threatening conditions. Alcohol can also cause abnormal heart beat and increased heart rate.

The Liver: It is the liver’s job to keep our blood free from poisons and bacteria. Alcohol generally weakens the liver’s ability to function and can cause serious damage to this vital organ, including liver cancer, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and cirrhosis (liver disease).

The Reproductive System: as if being a woman doesn’t already suck enough during that once monthly visit from Aunty Flow, heavy drinking can make it even worse. Painful, heavy periods, irregular menstruation and increased PMS can all result from overindulgent alcohol consumption.

The Stomach: Alcohol is also highly acidic, which lets be honest, becomes very obvious when last night’s drinks repeat on us the next morning. Along with the dreaded vomiting, alcohol can result in stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. If none of that got your attention maybe this will –  the empty calories in alcohol can cause weight gain. Nobody wants that.

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Did you know, alcohol is actually one of the macronutrients. Yep that’s alongside carbohydrates, protein and fat. But unlike the three main macros, alcohol has no storage site in the body. Why is this bad? It contributes to fat storage and weight gain. Basically because alcohol has no storage site, the body has to try and get rid of it as soon as possible. Therefore it is converted to glucose to be used as energy and this means the other macronutrients don’t get utilized and are simply stored instead. Aka fat storage, aka weight gain. Noooooo!

So that is just some of the reasons why I personally choose not to drink alcohol. In no way do I expect others to also adopt this mentality nor do I push my choices on anyone else. Whether someone drinks or not is totally a personal choice.

What do you think about drinking alcohol? Would love to know what your think. Leave a comment below.

Love Elo xx

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4 thoughts on “To Drink Or Not To Drink?

  1. This is an interesting post. I definitely enjoy having a glass or two of wine but don’t really enjoy going out all night drinking. I prefer to go have a fun dinner with friends, have a drink or two and then go home and get some sleep! It may be lame but I love t 🙂

    • Not lame at all! Sounds like you have found a perfect balance. You can still have only a couple of drinks, be social, get home into bed for a good nights sleep and still enjoy yourself 🙂
      Elo x

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  3. Nice read. I don’t drink these days because I feel so good without it and I love being up and about in the mornings. Wish I discovered that correlation in my early twenties, there weren’t really any warnings or much education on the effects of binge drinking nor how bad those sugary mixers are.

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