Alcohol is one of the most widely consumed mind-altering substances next to caffeine. Should we be concerned?… Should we completely abstain?… or on the flip side, are there any health benefits.
Now I have gotten a lot of video requests to speak about alcohol. Personally I was hesitant to make this video because myself, as an individual I have never been one to enjoy drinking large amounts.
Personally I don’t enjoy the taste that much, except for red wine and some beers.
Before we start, let’s go all the way back to ancient Rome and have a look at what the Stoic philosopher Seneca had to say in his On Festivals and Fasting.
“It shows much more courage to remain dry and sober when the mob is drunk and vomiting; but it shows greater self-control to refuse to withdraw oneself and to do what the crowd does, but in a different way – thus neither making oneself conspicuous nor becoming one of the crowd.”
Let’s start out by addressing the quote by Seneca above.
What he is telling us here is that just because alcohol is associated with activities such as hanging with friends, going out to eat, spending time at an art gallery, this doesn’t mean one must drink while they are there.
To Seneca, it shows more courage to go and abstain rather than to simply abstain and then isolate yourself.
Alcohol has long been associate with masculinity through the homogenisation of homosocial mediums such as sport which have caused both booze and sport/other activities to become nearly inseparable.
In terms of your health, as cited below, red wine in moderate quantities is actually good for our health.
This is especially true for reducing the risk of cardio vascular disease (CVD).
We see this with the French (often called the “French Paradox”, a term coined in 1992), to explain why French, who drink so much wine, smoke and are sedentary, have a high mortality rate.
However, overconsumption (binge drinking) of alcohol decreases testosterone, increases oestrogen and makes being an healthy, active person with the ability to lose fat and gain muscle effectively much more difficult to do.
Also take into consideration the fact that beer for has a high carbohydrate content and copious amounts of calories (154/beer).
These add up when mindfulness drinking is a frequent occurrence.
10 x Beers = 1540 calories. Average calorie maintain is around 2000 per day. Think about that for a second.
Enjoy a drink from time to time, but remember what is causing you to take the sip, and always consider the effect that alcohol will have on your future self.
As Aristotle said “everything in moderation” and as Oscar Wilde elaborates, everything in moderation, even moderation.
Take care of your philosophy towards pleasure and behaviour and a reduction and moderation in consumption will be the natural by-product.
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