Alcohol Consumption

In Advice Column, December 2017 by Jenna Davila

Dear Jenna

It’s always a nice moment for me to read all your thoughts about life and it’s helpful on my beautiful journey! I’d like to ask you a question: do you drink alcohol sometimes?Marianna, USA

Dear Marianna,

Dear Jenna

It’s always a nice moment for me to read all your thoughts about life and it’s helpful on my beautiful journey! I’d like to ask you a question: do you drink alcohol sometimes?

– Marianna, USA

Hi Marianna, thank you for your question! I started drinking alcohol in high school, and continued all through college and a little bit after. For the past four and a half years I haven’t had a drink of alcohol aside for a kombucha. Just thinking about and reflecting on my experience with alcohol makes me so grateful not to be consuming it any longer. Here are a list of symptoms I have personally experienced from drinking alcohol: memory loss, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, body shakes, slurred speech, blurry vision, destructive behavior such as doing and saying things I wouldn’t have if sober, etc… When I started to become more health conscious and aware, my body began to go through detox and the cleansing process began. A high raw diet allowed me to finally start listening to my body and my sensitivity to what I put in my body heightened.

For me, it’s about respecting what the body is communicating and signalling. It got to a point if I were to have one or two glasses of wine or a martini, some of the symptoms I stated above would surface. The returning symptoms was evidence enough for me to right then and there stop and realise this is not what my body wants nor is it benefiting my body in anyway shape or form. The side effects of alcohol also had me thinking, “What’s the point of drinking alcohol if my body is showing clear signs of rejection? My body is showing signs of being poisoned when I’m actually wanting and trying to be as healthy as possible in my life.” That question/ statement I had in my mind is what was the turning point for me to stop drinking alcohol. The facts to me were that it was completely the opposite of what I was trying to achieve.

Coming to the conclusion to stop drinking alcohol has definitely been one of my best decisions. For starters (a small tidbit here), I save so much money by not drinking. Just the price of alcohol can build up dramatically whereas that money can be spent towards health and things that positively enhance my life. My choice to stop drinking really transformed my view point on life. Here are a few things to take note of: If you are at a party or event and people are drinking and you’re sober, you will start to witness so many things that you wouldn’t have noticed if you were drinking. As the night progresses, you’ll see people’s demeanor change because of alcohol. By being sober, you’ll also be able to recall how interactions and transgressions happened because your mind will be clear and you won’t be influenced by or put in an altered state. You can with confidence make sure yourself as well as everyone else around you is safe. It is important to be fully aware of what is going on within your environment and to be in control of your words and actions. I still like going out to bars and parties to meet up with friends. I love going out dancing, attending concerts and having fun but I just drink water. Sometimes I’ll even bring juice with me! There is nothing weird about it. It’s actually pretty awesome! People always want to know what I’m drinking and then it’s a great way to start up a conversation about health!

To tie this together, if you are thinking about going alcohol free, start writing down a list as to why. What are the cons of drinking alcohol? How does your body feel? How does your mind feel? How does your heart feel? What are the side effects your body shows you? What is the reason you want to stop drinking? This is a very important to because it’s a great reminder to help you stay on track to alcohol free living if you begin to struggle and crack under outside pressure. Sending you my love and feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to discuss further!

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Every month, Jenna Davila answers questions regarding physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being on the Live Pure website.  You can submit your questions for next month’s column here!

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