Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Double Days

Last night became an impromptu drinking night for me when I decided the way the week was working out, it made more sense for Tuesday to be a drinking night (normally a cleanse night) and Wednesday and Thursday to be dry. Meaning two consecutive cleanse days.

I've talked about taking two days off in a row before. It really seems to expand the benefits of cleansing - both physically and psychologically. It's especially helpful if you have a big project you're working on and you don't need extra distractions.

Plus, if you've been drinking five days straight, you probably do need two days off in a row (providing you're not coming up to your 28-day cleanse, of course. Because no off-days then!). There are even some national health agencies that recommend taking two non-drinking days a week.

For instance, Poland's State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol Problems recommends two alcohol-free days every week and no more than five drinks a week for women and ten for men. Poland's had a long history of tackling the issue of alcohol-related health problems. For more information, click here.

The Department of Health in the United Kingdom also recommends taking two alcohol-free days - especially after heavy drinking to let the "body recover." I've talked quite a bit about alcohol-related problems in Britain.  It's considered one of the nation's biggest health concerns, with 1.2 million hospital admissions associated with alcohol abuse. The issue is so pressing that the Department of Health has even come up with a new Alcohol Policy. For more information, click here.

Of course, alcohol is not just a problem in Poland and Britain - not by a long shot. ;) Most countries around the globe have official guidelines about what constitutes healthy drinking - and some of them are even amusing.

For instance, Denmark has a pretty liberal drinking policy. The National Board of Health recommends no more than twenty-one drinks a week for men, fourteen for women. Plus they have an extra little warning that children under 15 shouldn't drink alcohol. Sixteen, sure. No problem. (This is the country where I remember they leave their children's carriages on the street by the way ... with the kids in them.)

Iceland has no official drinking guidelines, except that pregnant women shouldn't drink. The Directorate of Health in Norway also has no drinking limits, but suggests 'situational abstinence.' Like when you're driving and, oh, when you're at work. You know you've got a problem when you have to spell that one out. ;)

In all seriousness, though, Norway is trying to tackle the problem of pregnant women and drinking. Their new campaign includes YouTube videos, posters and cutesy cartoon moms-to-be - check it out.