Monday, November 25, 2013

To Your Health!

Hey! My whole last post skipped what was really my most important point.

If you've got a drinking problem or are in the early stages of alcohol addiction - let alone farther along - there's a good chance somebody is going to say to you that you have to quit drinking. Forever. Traditionally, that's the way to handle alcohol addiction.

But if all this information gathered by Tony Edwards in The Good News About Booze is true, then there are real benefits to incorporating moderate drinking into your life. Meaning total abstinence could actually rob you of important health benefits of responsible alcohol consumption. (i.e. I've known people who've quit drinking permanently and who develop Type 2 Diabetes within a couple years. Coincidence? Maybe not. Because as several studies have concluded, moderate alcohol consumption lowers your risk of contracting diabetes - among other things. Once again, here's the list of significant health benefits of moderate drinking.)

So if you're somewhere in the early-to-mid stages of addiction - like I was - there's a chance you won't have to quit forever, as long as you can find a way to get control. A way to stop bingeing every time you pick up a drink. A way to end the blackouts, the fighting, the shame, the guilt. I believe that incorporating regular alcohol cleanses into your life is a way of doing that. You still get the benefits of regular drinking - outlined in the previous post. But you also get control. That's what cleansing has done for me.

I believe that part of the reason I'm in such good health and that people think I'm a lot younger than I am is because I've learned how to take advantage of all the benefits of alcohol - physically and fun-wise - without sacrificing my sanity or my health by becoming addicted again. Cleansing has given me control without robbing me of the many benefits (even joys!) of a drinking life.

So all this health talk - pneumonia, mammograms, etc. - might be a little boring (if not gross!), but it's important to me because good health is important. But so is quality of life. And I believe that alcohol cleansing improves my quality of life in every way. Physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Am I leaving anything out?!!

It's just a great way to live. And this is what I forgot to mention in yesterday's post: I believe cleansing is even better for you than that 1-2 glasses of red wine a day. Might take a while to prove that ... but I'm totally game. ;) Because I care that much about my health and happiness.

But you know what? I care about yours, too. I really do. I know how painful alcohol addiction can be. It basically ruined my childhood. And it took a good chunk of my adult life too.  Now that I've found a way to reverse alcohol addiction - while still reaping the considerable benefits of healthier drinking - I have to share it with other people looking for a way out.

Because maybe there's a reason we toast "To Your Health!" when we raise a glass. No matter where we live. From Afrikaans to Zulu - and everything in between! - here's a list of 'health toasts' from all around the world!