Alcohol is a pervasive cultural vice and one that many of us can easily over consume. This time of year, especially, can be a difficult time to keep to just a few drinks on the weekends. Family, friends, co-workers, everyone wants to meet up for festive holiday cocktails.
I just read this very interesting blog post from Precision Nutrition on drinking and it's impact on health, fitness and performance. I was (well, perhaps I wasn't really) surprised to see how easily I can go from a moderate to heavy drinker. I certainly feel the deleterious affects of heavy drinking, my wedding ring doesn't fit well, my pants are harder to button, and CrossFit workouts are so. much. harder.
There are some well researched impacts of heavy drinking on our health. A few of them are:
Light to moderate drinking may have some positive impacts as identified the by Precision Nutrition folks:
As with most healthy lifestyle practices, context matters as we are all unique snowflakes with different tolerances. Have you heard the saying, "The Dose Makes the Poison"? What might be tolerable to you could be fatal to someone else. That is why I hate the idea of moderation. Moderation is relative to each individual and it is a moving target. You're idea of moderation is probably not mine. Your moderate dose might be fine for you, but for me it bring me to my knees worshipping the porcelain god.
I agree with the Precision Nutrition folks, we should drink because we enjoy the taste and flavors, not because we're stressed, or it's our daily habit, or social pressure from others.
What do you think? Have you experimented with alcohol consumption? Do you do a sober January? Tell me in the comments.
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