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In modern society, with 24/7 lives and juggling various duties to run our lives, we are all becoming frazzled and over-stimulated. It has become apparent that we are living increasingly insular lives, even though our environment is more over-populated with people and information than ever before.
Despite the fact that society is generally more health-aware than it probably ever has been, as individuals we have far more assaults to our well-being in these modern times, which means it is much harder to keep afloat in these tumultuous times of political and economic unrest.
Since as far back as the Greeks in 2000BC when it is reported alcohol was discovered, humans have delighted in the consumption of alcohol, often for many practical medicinal and sanitary reasons, as well as a social tool for bonding and ritualistic behaviour. Wine is even used as the blood of Christ in our very deep-rooted Christian culture; showing how entrenched this acceptance of alcohol consumption is within society.
The religious link here is interesting as churches are increasingly falling into the shadows of shopping malls and new housing developments. According to the Church of England, less than 2% of the population attend a Sunday service, which has never been lower.
Put this into the social context of the shutting down of social meeting places such as pubs and clubs, people are more likely to turn on the TV and crack open a bottle of wine rather than socialising with friends locally. This is exemplified in the revelation that total alcohol sales in the UK has decreased from 47% in 2000 to 34% in 2012 in on-trade premises such as licenced pubs and bars,1 and that there has been a shift to purchases in shops and supermarkets for home consumption.2
Whatever your trigger; whether it be a difficult working environment,3 long and stressful commutes, raising children without the support of ‘the village’,4 strained marital and familial relationships or low self-esteem,5 it is likely that you may reach for a glass of wine in order to ease away the stresses of the day and process your thoughts.
From a nutritional perspective there are a number of reasons why it would be important for mental and physical health to break the cycle and find a new way to unwind.
Do any of the below resonate with you?
If these are applicable to you, here are some nutritional interventions you can easily implement to help you make the habitual changes:
Furthermore, here are some lifestyle tips to help you make these changes:
The overall advice, is not only to drink in moderation according to Governmental guidelines, it is to listen to your body and the signs it is giving you, but also to replace this possibly very unhealthy habit detrimental to mental health and replace with a habit that will have much more far-reaching benefits within your health and family.
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