I took the opportunity to speak my mind about the myths around alcohol measurements
As you know, being an Australian who has travelled the world and settled in London, England, I have a great understanding of the subtle (and sometimes obvious) differences & similarities in cultures and people. So when I was recently interviewed by some Australian press about, ‘What is a standard glass?’ I took the opportunity to speak my mind!
I was horrified that the scaremongering that I witness in the UK is also rife in my home country.
So this is what I said which is completely factual. Please see below:
Doctors recommend for women 14 units per week, which is around two bottles of wine and for men 21 units (unit is 125 glass of wine). However, some people may not know that the unit measurement is not based on any medical evidence but rather was suggested as a guideline as to how people should drink.
The Medical Association came together and decided that like calorie counting people needed a form of guidance on how to drink less. It is believed that people are embarrassed to disclose to their doctor how much they drink per week.
As a form of alcohol education the Medical Association decided that as a general rule this seemed to be true and so decided to reduce limits by three times. However, for many sticking to those measurements can be challenging and I believe you can learn to drink more safely by pacing yourself, so that the liver has time to process the alcohol. This is why binge drinking is a problem. The body and brain has difficulty dealing with large quantities of alcohol at the same time.
There are two types of drinkers: The social and the emotional. The social drinker, drinks purely for fun and social interaction. This type of drinker can have a few glasses of booze but unless they are in a social situation they wouldn’t think of drinking.
The people that The Drink Less Mind treats are the emotional drinkers. They don’t belong in AA but are secretly concerned about their drinking. They use alcohol as a stress management tool to deal with the challenges of life. This is when problem drinking can occur.
Another important point to make is that someone who uses alcohol as a way to relax and de-stress will over a period of time become more tolerant to that first glass. Therefore they will need more alcohol to get that same feeling of stress release. So it comes as no surprise that this form of alcohol consumption can lead to an increase and this is a concern.
The 7 Days To Drink Less program deals with the underlying issues as to what is driving someone to drink more than they want to and how to feel less stressed. The net effect is their emotional thought patterns change to a healthier way to think and feel about their life. This way they can learn a more positive coping strategy to what life brings them.
The Drink Less Mind is not for alcoholics but rather for people who recognize their drinking behaviour interferes with their lives in a negative way.
The domino effect of emotional heavy drinking can become habitual. The result of this type of drinking can lead to anxiety, depression, low self esteem, sexual and social problems as well as weight gain and other health issues.
On another note I took my mother out for her birthday and we shared the most delicious bottle of Californian wine. I love the stuff but it is so difficult to find here in London and also expensive.
My point here is there is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing a bottle of wine or more on a special occasion without guilt. This sort of drinking does not cause concern. So let’s band together and wave to those who drink for pleasure and support those who drink for emotional reasons and stop making them feel bad.
I believe these people have a thinking problem not a drinking problem.