The benefits of alcohol without the alcohol?
August 7, 2012 9:49 AM Subscribe
I am increasingly finding that I dislike the (emotional) effect alcohol has on me when I have anything more than a single drink, particularly when tired. I also dislike the fact that I have almost a physical need to drink in the evenings (I think "alcoholic" would be being overly melodramatic in my case, but the need is there all the same). Is there any way to get the health benefits of alcohol without the temptation of an open bottle of wine?
posted by teselecta to health & fitness (28 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My aversion to drinking is purely down to its mental rather than physical toll. I don't believe I drink enough to be doing serious long term harm to myself (something like a bottle of wine or two a week). I very rarely (a handful of times a year?) drink to the point where I am begin to lose physical coordination. Despite this, I sometimes find myself put in a situation where I have access to much larger amounts of alcohol and then there is strong temptation to throw caution to the wind.
Ideally I would like to quit alcohol entirely, however I am also aware that research is increasingly finding that a small amount of alcohol has significant amount of health benefits. In fact, it now thought that those who don't drink having a lower life expectancy that those that do (although I believe the jury is still out on whether this is because of the lack of alcohol or some other factor of which lack of alcohol intake is a symptom).
So, I guess my question is: is there any way of getting the benefits of a low level alcohol intake without the need to have an entire bottle of wine on hand to tempt me?
Alternatively, has anyone ever discovered a way to limit/control the emotional side-effects of alcohol consumption? I am fed up of being unable to control my emotional state (anger, sadness etc) after just a couple of drinks.