Stop Drinking Alcohol 63 – Management of Alcohol Moderation?
On the site this week there was a couple of new videos. Both were about different reasons to quit. The first video was about the financial reasons to stop drinking alcohol and the second was about some spiritual reasons to stop.
What is Management of Alcohol Moderation?
Alcohol moderation management is where you go into or undertake therapy/treatment or so on in order to cut back on the amount you are drinking.
My first reaction to the moderation argument is what is ‘moderation’. Big Alcohol want us to believe that there are two types of alcohol drinkers, responsible and irresponsible, and that each in turn drinks alcohol moderately and not moderately.
Who knows what moderation is?
The guidelines on moderate drinking are different, amongst other things depending on what part of the world you are. These guidelines are not clear and they’re changing all the time, no two organisations within the same country can agree on what constitutes a moderate drinker.
For instance, let’s take the US as an example:
The American Dept of Agriculture says 1 drink for women and 2 for men.
The American Heart Association says 2 units for men and 1 for women.
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says not to drink in excess of 4 drinks for men (14 a week) and 3 a day for women (7 a week).
That’s not taking into account the floating factors like age, weight, gender, alcohol content, glass size, whether there’s any food in the stomach, and so on.
For those of you who are still drinking, do you measure your alcohol out by the unit? Do you even take this into account? Do you think “Right, that’s it, I’ve had my 2 units of alcohol for today”. Of course not.
Why would you want to moderate your drinking?
I tried for years to moderate. I didn’t go through any programs or read any books about it. I found that when times were good my alcohol use was moderated naturally, the days that I was drinking, not the amount I was consuming in a single sitting. Once I started drinking, I went back to my old routine, my old rituals, my old drinking levels.
I measured my moderation by how full I felt, or how dizzy I felt, or how much money I had left.
Responsibility and control were foreign concepts to me once I started on a drinking session.
Which brings me onto the most burning question for me.
Why is alcohol the only drug where there is any talk about moderation?
You never hear hospitals or doctors talking about the need for heroin moderation or marijuana moderation. You don’t hear them talking about nicotine moderation… well, maybe twenty or thirty years ago when cigarettes were the cool thing. Of course you don’t. You don’t hear them talking about responsible heroin use, responsible marijuana use, and so on.
I tried for years to moderate with no success. Maybe my methods were wrong, I just couldn’t get drunk with the moderated amount. And, seeing as getting drunk was the whole point, I would be spending my life trying to control something that was not controllable. Control is in short supply once you start drinking. The same as when I was trying to quit smoking, I bought into the lower strength brands, but ended up getting sore lips as I tried to suck too much smoke.
I’m happy I finally decided to stop drinking. I’m in much better control of my life now.
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