While April 2021 may look a little brighter than April 2020, it’s still a good time to Question the Drink.
Alcohol Awareness Month
Welcome to April’s Alcohol Awareness Month, the official month to bring attention to society’s love affair with alcohol. Why is this a big deal and why should you care? Because either you or someone you know may be drinking more than intended, and it’s a perfect time to question the drink.
Think back to the very first time you drank. Perhaps it was in college, or high school. Or like me, before the age of 10. Do you remember the first time? Let me tell you what happened in case you forgot.
You didn’t like it.
That’s right, you didn’t like it. And I bet you had a sugary drink or a light beer, or a mixed drink that was full of other ingredients just so you could tolerate it. Am I right?
So how is it possible that you went from something you didn’t like to something that became ‘enjoyed’ or ‘savored’? And how is it that we, as a society, can justify using a substance that we had to train ourselves to like over time to become our ‘go-to’ when stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? How is it that some can have one drink every so often, while others have a hard time saying no to the second, third, or fourth drink?
Alcohol, The Drink in Question
This is why the Drink in Question is alcohol. How much power does a liquid in a glass have over your control? How much reverence do we give to a substance that easily becomes our favorite go-to drink of choice to the one thing that ends up causing so much harm in our lives?
Think about your last disagreement with a loved one, or the quick to anger moment you had. Did it involve alcohol? Or what about waking up with guilt AGAIN for drinking ‘one too many’ the night before? Or perhaps your kids are starting to emulate you and pretend they’re drinking when they get frustrated or stressed out? And maybe it was the embarrassing slip of the tongue, or social media post that you made.
How could alcohol be society’s greatest love affair when it’s not always glamorous or cool? The same question could be asked of our love affair with cigarettes before 1990.
Alcohol will always be a part of our culture, that won’t change. But what can change is how you view it for yourself in your own life.
Is it time for you to Question the Drink? Is it time to bring awareness to your habit? Let April 2021 be the month that you begin the questioning journey. Begin by asking good questions such as, “Why am I drinking?”, “What feelings come up for me when I do drink?”. “Do I drink alone or with others?” “Am I using alcohol as a way to cope with stress or a negative emotion?”
The Gray Area
As you begin to question your relationship with alcohol, know this; not everyone that drinks more than socially is an alcoholic. You could be a gray area drinker, the space between socially drinking and severely abusing. Approximately 50% of the population that consumes alcohol may be in the gray area. It’s this wide spectrum of drinkers that remains the most hidden and quiet. It’s also the BEST place to begin this honest questioning for yourself.
Join us for a free class on April 26th at 12 noon EDT by clicking here to register. The class is called, How to Have a BETTER Relationship with Alcohol in just 30 Days.
Let April of 2021 be your time to Question the Drink. You’ll thank yourself for it later, and so will your loved ones.