The truth about alcohol is that none of what we know about alcohol is true.
To be clear, none of this information is meant to pass judgment, or to imply that quitting just because you have this information will be easy! You may also not want to quit.
The reason why factual, even unfiltered, educational alcohol is so crucial is because we deserve to make consensual decisions when possible about our consumption. The alcohol industry has engineered our consent by telling us that alcoholism is a disease (not that alcohol is an addictive, toxic poison) and that there are health issues when consumed in large amounts.
Let's start with this common lie around alcohol: that there is an amount that is safe to consume, or is even good for you. There is no safe or healthy amount of alcohol.
Did you know that the alcohol we drink is the same alcohol found in gasoline, antiseptic, antifreeze, and solvents? Alcohol makes great sanitizers because it kills organisms by denaturing their proteins. This means it is literally a poison.
Alcohol disrupts the body's detoxification process, meaning all the harmful compounds in medication, foods, beauty products, the air, etc., all are put to the side to make room for your body to detox the poison. Any harmful compounds not detoxed will be released into the body.
Even one drink of alcohol completely throws off the body.
This doesn’t mean you need to quit drinking necessarily, and it’s certainly NOT a judgment to those who do!
We often think that alcohol helps us sleep. It allows us to fall asleep faster, but we do not get restful sleep. We get less REM sleep. This leads to memory loss, hormone disruption, and anxiety. The body takes 3-4 days to process a single drink, which means we don’t get restful sleep for 3-4 days after one drink. This means, if we even drink a couple of times a week, we will never achieve restful sleep.
We often think that alcohol makes us less anxious. In fact, alcohol leaves us with higher amounts of alcohol. This is because everyone experiences withdrawal from alcohol, even from just one drink. Alcohol is a depressant, so withdrawal will feel like a stimulant. The way the body processes ethanol is to use adrenaline and cortisol to counteract the poison. This leads us to feeling way more anxious!
If you do drink, remember this: try your best to only drink one standard drink per hour.
The liver is the organ that processes alcohol. On average, it takes one hour to process one “drink” of alcohol. When we have more than one drink per hour, imagine airplanes circling the landing pad. Only one can land at a time, which means the rest are circling the body. These alcohol planes will be absorbed by fat in the body, even your brain. That is why it is important to just have one per hour. Use the time in between to check in on your body and the intentions you set. Remember what you know about consent in sexual relationships - it has to be enthusiastic and clear, and can change over time. Asking yourself for consent is a beautiful and important way to reconnect with yourself.
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