I say “I’m fine thanks; I had a glass of water before I left home. I’m not thirsty right now.”
The whole party stops still …and looks at me!
Eyes are blinking in disbelief, bewilderment, discomfort.
“But surely I can get you something?” the host says.
“You can’t stand there with nothing in your hand!”
I often get asked why I don’t drink alcohol at family functions, work events or social gatherings.
Many people assume it’s a religious thing, or a discipline I adopted because I teach meditation.
Well, to be honest it’s none of those.
Having meditating morning and evening for 17 yrs, I now experience a certain level of bliss and clarity.
Every time you meditate, you open up the frontal lobe of your brain, where the pineal gland exists.
This is considered the CEO of the brain.
This is also the part of the brain that is responsible for the release of oxytocin, melatonin and serotonin.
Some people consider the pineal gland as the third eye and the gateway to mystical experiences, even enlightenment.
Each meditation session activates this part of the brain which results in heightened states of bliss, love and clarity.
So what happens when we drink alcohol? It severs the connection from the frontal lobe of the brain to the rear lobe of the brain, which directs our primal instincts of survival and procreation. In effect, it shuts down the activity of the pineal gland impairing our ability to think clearly and intuitively. (This is why after three drinks we aren’t even allowed to drive a car!)
It also erodes the production of serotonin and oxytocin, which is why the day after drinking alcohol we feel so dreadful!
Now if that’s not enough unpleasant news, check out this picture I stumbled across the other day.
Here in Australia we have 2 months a year whereby alot of people will give up alcohol for charity. They are Feb Fast and Dry July. But if you were looking to find a way to reduce your alcohol intake beyond those 2 months here are some suggestions to help you through the process:
- Fake it! Yes, that’s right. People don’t mind if you’re not drinking as much as the fact you don’t have something in your hand. (Don’t ask me why…it’s bizarre) So sometimes it helps the situation if you accept a glass of wine and just walk around with it. (Ssh, don’t tell anyone I told you this though!)
- Arrive early, leave early. Most events change in nature after about 1-2 hours of people drinking. By this point in time people have 4-5 drinks and their state of mind is starting to become impaired. From here on they neither care that you are leaving or will remember.
- Make your own drink. Nearly every function has access to warm water and slices of fresh lemon. A tall glass with water and a slice of lemon generally is quite accepted at parties (it looks like gin and tonic!). When making your own drinks avoid cold, fizzy or sweet drinks.
- When you are organising social events, steer clear of bars, where the only activity is drinking. Think restaurants, movies, theatre, concerts, Conscious Clubs, meditation nights, yoga raves, under a tree in a garden…be creative.
- Let’s not kid ourselves. Although some alcoholic drinks have anti-oxidants and bioflavonoids in them there are numerous other ways to absorb these into your system. Try broccoli, citrus fruits, spinach, garlic, green tea, brussel sprouts…the list goes on.
- People tend to crave alcohol to help them relax after a stressful day. Look for alternative tools for relaxation, ones that will produce more serotonin, oxytocin and help you to feel calmer. Stillness Sessions worked for me.
- Where’s the fun? Obviously drinking alcohol can be a lot of fun! Trust me, I know…I did it for years. The question is, when the fun you are having comes with a huge karmic debt, you have to question the source of fun. This is your own research. Otherwise, research some other alternatives.
So there you have some simple guidelines to help you move into a life where you drink less alcohol. It will cost you less; you extend the life of your brain, and feel a whole lot better for it! I’d love to hear how you go so please share with me your experience.
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