With Thanksgiving this week, I want to talk to you about alcohol consumption. Is it helping or hurting your life experience? Does is enhance or hinder your personality?

The holidays can be a stressful time for many, and alcohol is often used to ease social situations or as a excuse to over indulge.

In my years as a therapist, I have found drinking and the question of what is “normal” to be a hot button topic that does not have a one-size-fits-all answer.

If you think you might have a drinking problem, or just because you are curious, answer the following questions:

1. Do you drink too much?
2. Do you use alcohol as a reward for working hard?
3. Has one or more person told you that you drink too much or confronted you about your drinking?
4. Have you ever blacked out?
5. Do you engage in self-destructive behaviors when you drink that you otherwise would not, such as fighting or promiscuous sex?

The issue is not solely how often you drink. You could drink once a month, but if it’s a binge every time, it’s an issue. It is more about what happens in your life when you drink, if you have the ability to stop once you start, and if drinking negatively impacts the quality of your life in any way. (If you are not sure, ask your close friends of partner – clarity will come…trust me.)

Be mindful of how much you drink, the reasons why you reach for a drink, and your behaviors while under the influence.

I’m interested in what you have to share, so please post a comment here and start a dialogue. If you like this tip, please press the “like” button and post it on Facebook and Twitter.

I hope you have a magical Thanksgiving, be safe, and please don’t drink and drive.

Love Love Love

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  1. Wow, this is amazing that this popped up on my twitter feed right after I posted a picture on facebook of my most recent discovery…a non-alcohol beer (well, .5%) that tastes acceptable. I quit drinking on Thanksgiving because of a terrible hangover I had that ruined the day for both me and my partner. The older I get the longer hangovers last and the worse they are for me. It’s amazing how wonderful I feel now that I don’t drink…there are so many benefits to not drinking that they far outweigh any negative aspects for me. Thank you so much for posting this message. I shared it on my facebook page to help explain to my friends why I don’t drink any more.

  2. I recently started drinking a few weeks ago as I recently turned 21. The few times I’ve drank I’ve been tempted to drink more after getting “buzzed” but have so far resisted heavy drinking. Sadly, looking over the list of questions to consider, I find most of the behaviors described above are considered “normal.”
    As to drinking during the holidays (or for any celebratory occasion) I look forward to drinking eggnog as it was meant to be and have some of the wine my hometown (Temecula) is supposedly famous for. Also, here’s a quote from G.K. Chesterton–a English Christian apologist who, in contrast to the growth of the prohibition movement in America, said this (there’s actually more to it but I figured this post is long enough):
    “Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing peasant of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world.”
    Heretics. pp.102-104. [edited]; –G. K. Chesterton

    1. Thank you for sharing that G.K. Chesterton quote and your thoughts on this tip. I always say to clients if drinking negatively impacts the quality of your life in anyway then it is an issue~period.
      I find this is an easy way to get to the bottom of how drinking is effecting their lives.
      Thanks again
      love love love

  3. I have stopped drinking since graduating university. I have an autistic son, so I have to be alert and focused at all times. Alcohol dulls my focus and hurts me worse the morning after. I find it’s best that I stay clear of it.

  4. Thanks for sharing this- I think it’s a really important topic. I don’t drink too much too often but can fall prey to the sweetness of some cocktails and bubbliness of prosecco.. I’m going to try to make my wine dessert on Thursday, alongside apple crumble. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I think that is an excellent idea Caroline!
      The second I stopped drinking in 1986 desert became my treat. While I was drinking I never ate desert much as the alcohol turns to sugar so there was no interest…well that all changed and i love desert now and especially around the holidays!
      Enjoy your crumble and safe and joyous holiday to you and yours
      love love love

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