I’m pissed. I had a tender conversation with a colleague in the wine industry last night. She was in the depth of anguish caused by the negative impact of the Booze Bitch, stuck in the horrific mix of anxiety, despair, and depression. I so vividly remember feeling defeated and defenseless in the war against the Booze Bitch, drowning in a sea of quicksand as she pulled me down further. I was unable to rescue myself as I experienced the hell of alcohol addiction. I kept believing I could take control, that I could moderate my drinking. Wrong. Addiction is not something anyone can do in moderation, it is not possible. The Booze Bitch turns life into a nightmare!
I feel really pissed off about how duped we are into believing that wine delivers us to a magical, mystical wonderland where there are no worries or cares, no responsibilities, nothing we must get done, no stresses or concerns. I call BULLSHIT! Bullshit on big money spending millions on the marketing behind the industries related to all forms of alcohol, persuading us that it is hip to drink and uncool to abstain. BULLSHIT on shaming people who find themselves drowning in alcohol-induced purgatory, on the streets with nothing but the clothes on their back, ragged and hopeless, alienated and alone after having lost all they had due to their alcohol addiction. BULLSHIT on making anyone feel they are a loser, have a problem, are weak, lack willpower, are mentally inferior, or any of the other ridiculously incorrect labels put on someone who becomes addicted to the bitch called booze. BULLSHIT! – and this has to change.
It’s time we took a good, hard look at how our culture revere’s alcohol. Let’s really examine how we are brainwashed into believing alcohol will bring us happiness, love, sex, romance, inspiration, calm, sleep – any of it. BULLSHIT on parents giving their wee children sips of wine to “train” their palate from an early age. BULLSHIT on placing booze on a pedestal and non drinkers in a category to be avoided, shunned, judged. BULLSHIT on the term “alcoholic”, and BULLSHIT on stamping every social event, celebration, mourning, every important event not complete, not fun, without booze. SO MUCH BULLSHIT.
What if we taught our children about the addictive nature of alcohol? What if we just explained the facts? Not with an intention of freaking them out, not to invoke fear, but just to teach? What would our society be like if we informed the population that drinking an $85 bottle of a ten year old rhone blend from Chateauneuf du pape was only going to wreak havoc on their brain, body systems, sleep, and likely ruin their next day? What if we could change the way alcohol is accepted and worshipped as an elixir? What would our world become if everyone was able to make a decision whether or not to drink based on all the evidence of what alcohol’s effect is on every cell in our body? What if we took our children on field trips to meet people once innocent and upstanding citizens now in prison? Folks who had killed someone because they drank too much, drove drunk, and caused a horrific accident that claimed innocent lives? What if those people got to share the guilt they live with every day for their single decision to drive after drinking too much? What if we started being honest about just exactly what alcohol is, like this graph and information taken from Healthline:
The Effects of Alcohol on Your Body
Alcohol’s impact on your body starts from the moment you take your first sip. While an occasional glass of wine with dinner isn’t a cause for concern, the cumulative effects of drinking wine, beer, or spirits can take its toll.
Read on to learn the effects of alcohol on your body.
Digestive and endocrine glands
Drinking too much alcohol can cause abnormal activation of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas. Buildup of these enzymes can lead to inflammation known as pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can become a long-term condition and cause serious complications.
The liver is an organ which helps break down and remove harmful substances from your body, including alcohol. Long-term alcohol use interferes with this process. It also increases your risk for chronic liver inflammation and liver disease. The scarring caused by this inflammation is known as cirrhosis. The formation of scar tissue destroys the liver. As the liver becomes increasingly damaged, it has a harder time removing toxic substances from your body.
The pancreas helps regulate your body’s insulin use and response to glucose. When your pancreas and liver aren’t functioning properly, you run the risk of experiencing low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. A damaged pancreas may also prevent the body from producing enough insulin to utilize sugar. This can lead to hyperglycemia, or too much sugar in the blood.
If your body can’t manage and balance your blood sugar levels, you may experience greater complications and side effects related to diabetes. It’s important for people with diabetes or hypoglycemia to avoid excessive amounts of alcohol.
But wait, there’s more! So much more…
If you would like to learn more, go to: https://www.healthline.com/health/alcohol/effects-on-body#1
Let’s become educated and stop the madness surrounding booze…