WHEN MANY OF US USE ALCOHOL, OFTEN IT IS IN ASSOCIATION WITH POSITIVE EVENTS SUCH AS:

CONNECTING WITH SPOUSE/PARTNER,

CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS,

REWARDING OURSELVES AFTER MOWING THE LAWN/DOING YARD WORK,

RITUALS OF BARBEQUING,

COOKING DINNER,

RELAXING ON WEEKENDS and DURING VACATIONS,

SHARING TEAM SPIRIT AND ENJOYING SPORTS,

RELAXING AND UNWINDING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORTH OF WORK, AND

PARTIES: BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, GRADUATIONS, WEDDINGS, SHOWERS, HOLIDAYS, COMING OF AGE CELEBRATIONS

ALL OF THESE ARE POSITIVE ACTIVITIES, WORTH REPEATING. WHAT BECOMES PROBLEMATIC IS THAT WE ATTACH ALCOHOL USE, WHICH, BY ITSELF, HAS THE POTENTIAL OF BECOMING PHYSICALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY, AND SOCIALLY HARMFUL.

THE LOGIC OF WHAT FOLLOWS IS THAT IF WE REMOVE ALCOHOL USE, WE POTENTIALLY REMOVE ALL THE POSITIVE ASSOCIATIONS, AND FOND MEMORIES (AND POTENTIALLY RUIN FUTURE MEMORIES, YET TO BE MADE).

WHAT MANY OF US HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED, AND THEREFORE FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE, IS THAT WE CAN HAVE ALL THESE POSITIVE EXPERIENCES AND ASSOCIATED FOND MEMORIES, WITHOUT INVOLVING ALCOHOL, AT ALL.

http://notyourdoc.blog/2022/04/21/how-we-drink-alcohol-what-when-where-how-much-the-reasons-for-drinking-and-how-alcohol-affects-us-are-more-telling-than-we-realize/

https://notyourdoc.blog/2021/07/14/alcohol/

Charles Tadros, M.D.

August 1, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

2 thoughts on “WHEN MANY OF US USE ALCOHOL, OFTEN IT IS IN ASSOCIATION WITH POSITIVE EVENTS SUCH AS:

  1. I read that one should take a three-day break from alcohol for your liver’s sake. Now I abstain every Monday through Wednesday. Losing a little weight, too. Hope to see you soon, Dr. Chuck!

    1. Hi Ken! Yes, rest periods are essential (intermittent fasting, circuit training, weekends, vacations, etc.). Hope your new doc likes to spot check/monitor all those numbers our bodies generate 🙂

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