Drink too much and feel bad about it but don’t want to give up. Moderation is for you. The blog that shows you how you can still indulge in a cabernet and still get healthier. Share a beer with the boys and still be productive the next day. Appreciate the times you have a drink and still be in control. Raise a glass to your new life as a moderate drinker. Start here.
We are already in October and Christmas is fast
Christmas is a time for cheer or so they sell it. More like
drunken nights and rotten hangovers, if my memory serves me right.
Many of us increase our drinking over the Christmas period,
because there are many more opportunities to do so.There are work parties, friends and family
get togethers, and in general we have a little more time (less to do at work
and some holidays).
We also increase our drinking because it’s expected of us,
this is especially so for people with a reputation for drinking.If you don’t live up to your reputation for
drinking, people tend to think something is wrong.(John, what’s wrong, why don’t you have a
drink? ORANGE JUICE! You don't have to drive tonight, do you? Come on John, get lively, here's a drink for you. Etc).
So to help you get prepared for the Christmas period and to
avoid an increase in your drinking and possibly a decrease, there will be a
short series on will-power.
1st – review of a Google Talk by Kelly McGonigal.In this talk she highlights five things that
we can do to improve our will-power/self control.I’ll
provide a short review of the highlights from her talk and how drinkers might
2nd – Environment >Will-power.The focus will be on how we can change our
environment so that it supports a more moderate approach to drinking.This is very applicable to the home.We also look at ways of automating decisions
instead of using will-power, which can be used for social occasions where you have little control over the environment.
3rd – Summary
I’ve learned some things about will-power which I wasn’t
aware of before.There’s a lot of talk
of will-power as a limited resource.In layman’s
terms, every day we have X amount of will-power and making decisions,
communications and ‘self-control’ uses up your will-power.So that by the end of the day, many people
have used up their ‘will-power’ resource and are unable to resist
temptation.It’s a bit more complicated
than this and for a fuller review read here.
I consider my drinking still to be moderate and I’m happy
that my drinking habit is quite stable.When I’m at home, I tend to drink one or two glasses of wine at a
time.In September, I think I was
drinking more often though and to address this, I’ve decided to cut out alcohol
for October.It’s also partially because
when I cut out alcohol in March, I felt really good (but I had also started
exercising at that time too) and I’m curious to see whether this will happen
It also feels different this time, as it doesn’t feel so
much like a challenge.In January, I
drunk like my old self and March was only a short time after that, so it felt
like something I must do.This time, it
feels quite easy not to drink.Well, it’s
only been four days so far.
I have one exception for drinking in October and that is, if
my friend from Taiwan comes over, I’ll have a beer with him.This exception is in place because the last
time he came over was in March and I think he was a little disappointed that I
didn’t share a beer with him.