“Adulting makes me wine.” -Unknown
Have you ever came home from a long day at work and the only thing that excited you was a tall, glass of wine? We can relate! With the struggles of adulting it’s great to be able to UN-WINE (pun intended). Studies have shown that drinking wine has healthy benefits, such as decreasing inflammation and clearing the brain of toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s disease. However, too much of a good thing isn’t always so good.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention they recommend that women limit themselves to seven drinks per week, while men are allowed to have up to 14 drinks per week. With those statistics alone that would mean a woman could drink one glass of wine everyday of the week. Realistically, we all know this isn’t possible as women like to go for brunch or dinner parties over the weekend. These events typically involve alcohol, which would mean one would go over the recommended limit of alcohol every time. So, how does one figure out how many glasses of wine to drink?
The answer to the above question is simple, if you know you struggle with drinking in moderation during the weekends, it’s best to cut back your wine consumption during the week. Limit yourself to 1-2 glasses during the weekdays that way you can splurge out on the weekend. Alternatives to unwinding after work can include a tasty treat (in moderation of course) as a reward or even flavored juices if you want something sweet. If you want to opt for ways to unwind that don’t include food or beverages you can always hit the gym or find a new class to try. These activities can help you release steam and meet new friends, too.
Ultimately, only you will know if you’re drinking too much. Use your judgment and try to follow the guidelines of alcohol consumption to ensure you don’t develop bad drinking habits or healthy complications. If you or someone you love struggles with alcohol it’s important to get help immediately. Visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence for more information.
“Don’t make POUR decisions” -Unknown