Alcohol is a depressant drug. Some of us drink alcohol to relax their body, to unwind, and to some, it is a stress reliever. Stress, in a simpler term, is a tense feeling mentally, physically, or emotionally.
There many kinds and levels of stress, and it may influence your drinking frequency and quantity. But, is it okay to drink whenever we are stressed out?
Is Drinking An Acceptable Stress-Reduction Technique?
According to the Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of cardiology at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Kevin R. Campbell, drinking is an acceptable stress-reduction technique. Oh, for the love of God! With this, people will use it as an excuse to be drunk all the time! “I’m stressed. I will drink!” It could be a disaster, to be honest.
Grabbing a bottle or two with colleagues after work can be an excellent way to relieve stress during work, sharing a couple of rounds with friends has a restorative power, and it helps you unwind and relax after a busy day. But, moderation is still the key, it is okay to have a glass of wine, but with multiple doses, it will get you addicted.
Addiction sounds unpleasant to us. Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to several medical and psychological problems and the risk of developing disorders and accidents related to alcohol.
One of the things we should watch out is the vicious cycle-type of drinking situation. You drink at home after a stressful day, then the next day, you feel bad because you drink too much to the point of having a hangover, which will make your day more stressful.
The point here is, drink too much! Regulate the quantity of beer or wine you drink every night, a bottle or two is enough for you to wake up with no hangover.
Men drink more than women, but some women drink more than men too! For some, fifteen bottles are still not enough. But some also found it already excessive. With this logic, there is no fixed answer to how much alcohol you should drink in order not to have a bad hangover the next day. You set your guidelines concerning your lifestyle and family history.
So How Do I Do That?
“It’s all in the genes!” People usually say.
You should know your family background for any history of alcohol addiction. If there are few of your ancestors or relatives, then you are more at risk, and you must be aware of that. Also, you should have a healthy lifestyle to eat more nutritious foods and snacks, and you should mind your weight.
All in all, there are lots of ways to relieve stress and more healthily. Other than drinking, it best for you to engage in sports to reduce stress. It is healthier and no hangover the next morning. It will give you lots of benefits. If you find sports tiring, then you can always go to the gym!
Drinking is not the only stress reliever out there. It is not the only thing you can you with colleagues after a stressful day at work.
But if you still insist on drinking after work or alone at home, remember, drink moderately! We don’t want you to have a more stressful day at work due to hangover!