Pros And Cons Of Drinking With Family Members

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I grew up in a close-knit family where everyone meets in my grandparents’ backyard every Sunday for lunch and dinner. The men fire up the grill, while the women prepare the rest of the food. Of course, the weekly occasion is incomplete without crates of beer and other liquor getting passed around.

However, as I met some of my father’s friends, I realized that two were brothers, and they never shared a drink. I only found out about it when one of them decided to leave while drinking right before the other arrived, saying that he had an urgent thing to do. When Dad asked the latecomer the real reason, he said, “We have a code at home that we will never drink. Even our father and uncles don’t do that.”

In truth, that was a significant revelation for me. It made me wonder about the pros and cons of drinking with family members, considering not everyone wants to have a toast with their loved ones. Here are a few ideas I came up with.

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Pros

You Can Open Up To Family More Freely

Alcohol is known as the world’s most effective truth serum. The more you drink, the more your mouth becomes loose. Before you realize what’s happening, you have already spilled your guts to the family, figuratively speaking.

I undoubtedly do not see the issue with this, though. Sometimes, there are sad things that you may only find the courage to say when alcohol is backing you up. It will push you to voice out your worries and issues, even if you may not know that you are already doing it. As a result, your head may feel heavy in the morning, but your heart may be inexplicably light.

Drinking Is An Incredible Bonding Experience

I can no longer count how many games my family has associated with alcohol. For instance, while playing Jenga, whoever makes the tower crash will need to down a vodka or whiskey or tequila shot. If you lose in a poker game, charades, and whatnot, you may choose between chugging a pitcher of beer or drinking straight from a keg.

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I get that the latter consequences sound frat-life-like, but that’s how my family rolls. It serves as an incredible bonding experience for everyone, considering adults of all ages enjoy drinking. I have seen almost every family member do it, from my 21-year-old cousin to my 80-year-old grandpa. Everyone’s a sport, so it has done nothing but bring us closer to each other.

You Can Ensure Your Safety

Another perk of drinking with family is that you can drink until you pass out, knowing that you have loved ones to look after you. That is especially true if you are merely drinking in the backyard. Even when you fall asleep on the grass or porch, no one will bother you or think of robbing you. There is no need to risk driving either because you are already home.

Still, I don’t intend to say that you won’t be safe among friends when you drink elsewhere. If you are with your best friends, I am sure that they will take care of you if you get drunk.   

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Cons

You May Say Things That You Cannot Take Back

This is one of the reasons that my father’s friends gave him. He said, “Emotions can run high when you are drunk. You do not always know what comes out of your mouth, and I do not want to say something that I can no longer take back.”

That honestly makes sense; many families have broken up because someone says something that hurts the others. It is ideal if everyone is too drunk to remember it all, but the drunkest person in the group typically talks smack to the lesser drunk ones, so they remember every word. No matter how much they try to ask for forgiveness, it is not always enough.

Drunkenness May Lead To Ugly Fights With Relatives

Have you heard of family members punching or pulling a gun or knife on each other and starting a bloodbath? Yes, that is possible when people hit an ungodly level of drunkenness. They become extra sensitive, to the point that small jokes may be taken seriously and cause hate to build up between them.

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Indeed, it is among the disadvantages of drinking with family members. Imagine if those ugly fights break between relatives. If anyone gets injured or, worse, dies, the victim’s side of the family may sue the other and show no mercy, even if they belong to the same clan. The once-happy family will then split into two as everyone takes sides.

Final Thoughts

Although there are more pros than cons in drinking with family members, we cannot be oblivious of the dangers of doing it. The key here is to know your alcohol tolerance level and make sure that you will never exceed it. This way, you and your family will always be happy while savoring your favorite alcoholic beverages.

The Wine Market In The Time Of COVID-19

 

 

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The past two months have been a rough ride for wine sales. Shop sales have been booming while bars and restaurants are hardly making any profit at all, providing very little takeout – sometimes even wine to go. Wine experts have tried to monitor off-premise information. Still, they are also working with major wholesalers in the wine industry to give out information about the wine market in general.

As a wine enthusiast, I created questions for some of the country’s major wine sellers to answer, queries about how the coronavirus pandemic is currently affecting the wine industry, why people seem to be drinking more nowadays, and a lot more.

How has wine intake been impacted in the United States in the past months, and how will it be affected in the next few weeks?

Generally, off-premise sales of wine are most probably substantial at this time to contradict the prevalent drop of on-premise trade. This is based on significant wine company sales across the globe. We are seeing more consumers turning to larger-sized bottles than before. For instance, sales of boxed wines in 3-liter sizes have increased by a whopping 80% in April – to the advantage of brands selling larger sized packages. The actual overall consumption for the weeks to come has yet to be determined and calculated.

How is COVID-19 making an impact on the wine market so far?

From the whole month of March and April, from which the coronavirus has profoundly affected consumer behavior around the country, off-premise wine sales in major wine companies have increased by more than 30%. Indeed, there is a remarkable volume of channel shifting – from on-premise to off-premise, more time shopping to less frequent shopping, tasting spaces to the consumer directly, and utilizing larger sized packs.

 

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Finally, for the whole four weeks of April 2020, as compared to the same month last 2019, there is a 12%-increase in households buying wine off-premise, and money spent to purchase wine for every buyer went up to 15%. Total commercial alcohol sales bought through online stores continue to increase amazingly by more than 400% year-over-year for April, reflecting the fastest rising sector so far in terms of percentage.

Why are consumers possibly drinking more and more wine and other spirits, and do you anticipate this to persist for months?

Provided that restrictions are still in place, although some will be relaxed than usual, with people still practicing precautions until a vaccine is invented to cure COVID-19, the sales of wine from on to off-premise will prevail. Similarly, while retail trades typically turn into consumption for the long term, there will probably be persistent hoarding of wines and continued over-shopping patterns for a while.

How can restaurants and vendors sell wine to earn during this period? Selling wine for takeout?

For most retailers and brick and mortar restaurants, selling more wine does take more creativity from them to sustain, at the same time, striving to adjust to the changes in state guidelines that may offer greater versatility than what was formerly allowed before the time of COVID. Undoubtedly, the restaurant owners are seriously tested, with a lot of creative and necessary examples of what they have been doing so far, which include:

 

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  • Foldaway wine stores
  • Selling wine bottles at very low prices
  • Subscription to wine clubs
  • Selling wine with food packages

What’s next for the wine industry given our recent COVID-10 worries?

The general trend that we’ve seen for the past years persists up to this time. Since April 2020, the mean commercial wine selling prices were up to 2% compared to last year. On the other hand, direct-to-consumer patterns, which show bigger average retail price points, soared in March.

With all these details, only time will tell whether or not this current trend that we’ve been familiarized with over the last year will continue, as we keep monitoring the economic downfall due to COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

What You Need To Know About COVID-19 And Alcohol Consumption

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As we face this Coronavirus pandemic, countries across the globe should take action to cease the continuous spread of the virus. In these devastating times, all of us must be aware of other health factors and hazards to help us keep ourselves healthy and COVID-free.

This article provides essential details that everyone must know about the relation between the virus and alcohol consumption. It provides evidence to correct the misinformation that is going around in social media that drinking alcohol helps fight against getting contaminated.

The Body And Alcohol

Ethanol is the ingredient in alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, and other spirits is what’s responsible for most of the harmful effects that come from consuming these types of beverages. Sadly, other dangerous substances that are not ethanol but may smell like it can also be mixed into some drinks that are formulated illegally, or they can present as alcoholic beverages but are harmful for human consumption. An example of this is hand sanitizer, which has small amounts of methanol, a lethal substance that can cause blindness or kidney failure when ingested. There are sources from different media platforms claiming that consuming alcoholic beverages somehow protects coronavirus.

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Here is some very important information that you need to know in relation to this belief.

  • Alcohol produces short and long-term effects on a person’s vital organs. Generally, there is evidence suggesting that there is no such thing as a ‘safe limit.’ In fact, the likelihood of your body organs getting damaged increases with each bottle of beer or wine that you consume.
  • Drinking alcohol, even in small doses but when done regularly, has been known to cause specific forms of cancer.
  • Alcohol consumption, especially when done heavily and frequently, decreases the body’s capacity to protect itself against disease, as it weakens one’s immune system.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption may lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome, which is one of the most advanced conditions of COVID-19.
  • In pregnancy, alcohol poses a high risk for the unborn child.

Myths About Alcohol Consumption In Relation To COVID-19

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Myth: Drinking alcohol will destroy the virus.

Fact: No, it doesn’t. Consuming it regularly increases one’s health risk, especially if he is infected with the virus.

Myth: Hard drinks can effectively disinfect a person’s skin, and it does not affect within the system when consumed.

Fact: Alcohol consumption does not in any way destroy the virus surrounding the air. It does not offer disinfection to the throat or mouth, and it does not provide any immunity against COVID-19.

Myth: Alcohol, such as herbal alcohol, builds resistance, and strengthens the immune system.

Fact: Regular drinking of beer, wine, and other spirits has damaging effects on one’s immune system and does not provide any resistance to the virus.

Dos And Don’ts During The Pandemic

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  • Don’t drink alcohol so that you don’t compromise your immune system and your family.
  • Don’t risk the health of other people.
  • Do stay sober. It is the best way to be active, keen, and to maintain a sound mind, especially in decision-making.
  • Don’t be a headache to the family and the community. Instead, do what is asked of you so that you won’t be somebody’s burden.
  • In case you drink, do keep it to a minimum to avoid intoxication.
  • Don’t drink alcohol to the point of getting drunk. When one is drunk, he tends to do other harmful things like smoking, which is one of the dangerous risk factors for COVID-19.
  • If you are a smoker, don’t smoke indoors where the family is. You are only causing them more risk to be weakened. If possible, stop smoking.
  • Do practice proper hygiene. Be a role model to your family and your community as well.

 

 

 

Beer Industry Trends To Watch Out For This 2020

The 2019 Brewer Convention did not fail to give the exclusives on the beer industry. In fact, it also tackled unique topics such as the ergonomics in brewing and the chemistry behind this field. However, one lecture that stood out was about the beer industry trends you to watch out for this 2020. Let’s take a look at these trends one by one. 

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Breweries that only focus on brewing beer are a thing of the past. Now, customers fill their taps with the latest delicious beers alongside craft coffee beans, bubbly hard seltzers, and fruity kombucha flavors. These are a few low-calorie or non-alcoholic drinks that are considered winners for health-conscious drinkers.

Emergence Of CBD Beers
Legal cannabis is becoming a trend across America, and something interesting that comes with it is CBD beers. Basically, CBD beers are made using non-psychotropic components sourced from cannabis plants. Several experts revealed that you should treat this as supplements, such as vitamins, because of its medicinal front. Keep in mind, however, that you won’t get high with this drink.

Brewing Through AI
Technology is playing a significant role in our lives today. It is becoming more accessible, more efficient, and more sophisticated. Because of technology’s dynamic nature, beer companies are starting to incorporate the services of AIs into their production process.

However, do take note that this does not mean that these computers are involved from the start to finish of the brewing process — they are not. Human brewmasters still take control. Mainly, the AI’s responsibility is to evaluate the ingredients and recipes and use these findings to create better beers.

Creation Of Experiential Taprooms

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Taprooms are starting to evolve nowadays. Nobody walks into a beer place awestruck by the monochromatic menu boards or its relaxing ambiance. In fact, more and more taprooms are transitioning their spaces into something more interactive and full of knick-knacks and architectural pieces. Some places have transformed their quiet pubs into an accented room with countless video screens and open taps.

These are just some of the trends to watch out for in the beer industry this 2020. It must be exciting, especially if you are a beer enthusiast or your business involves beer. Consumer preference is also continually changing, so who knows, maybe we’ll see more emerging trends later this year!

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Drinking Beer – Part 2

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To continue, here are more benefits to drinking beer.

Beer Lowers The Risk Of Diabetes.

Researchers discovered that the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes is lessened by drinking a couple of glasses of beer every day.

The liquor content in brew increases insulin insensitivity, which restrains diabetes. Moreover, beer contains soluble fiber —a dietary material that can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels.

Beer Decreases The Possibility Of Developing Alzheimer’s. 

Studies have suggested that brew consumers can be up to 23pc more unlikely to have a psychological disability, Alzheimer’s disease, or other types of dementia.

One theory recommends that the notable cardiovascular advantages of moderate liquor utilization, for example, raising good cholesterol, can improve blood circulation in the brain and hence, brain metabolism.

The silicon content of beer could be an essential factor. Silicon reduces aluminum accumulation, which is one of the potential causes of Alzheimer’s.

Beer Can Cure Insomnia.

Beer is usually an alcoholic drink taken at the end of the day. Beers have been found to activate the production of dopamine, a compound prescribed by the doctors to those suffering insomnia.

You could increase the amount of dopamine in the brain by merely tasting beer – this manner makes consumers feel more settled. Nonetheless, researchers explained that these impacts are accomplished after just a taste, thus approximately one tablespoon of a brew is all you need.

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Beer Can Put An End To Cataract Formation.

Your eyes will thank you for drinking a moderate amount of beer, but too much liquor would result in a blurry vision.

A cataract is a condition wherein a clouding of the eye lens that results in impaired vision. Antioxidants found in beer protect the mitochondria against this, and with that, the researchers recommend one drink a day to keep the ophthalmologist away.

Beer Can Be A Cure For Cancer.

According to researchers, a key ingredient in beer, which are acids known as humulones and lupulones, can end bacterial development. Researchers would like to figure out how to extricate these mixes to create active agents that could be used to fight against cancer and inflammatory diseases.

Beer Can Aid In Losing Weight. 

It may sound unbelievable because of the term “beer belly,” which makes us think that alcohol would make us gain weight. But researchers from the University of Oregon suggest that it could help you lose weight.

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Unfortunately, the specialists presumed that people would need to drink about 3,500 pints of brew a day to feel the advantages of the ‘miraculous’ compound – so, all in all, they would need wonders to be alive.

Yes, beer has so many “health” benefits. But here is the reminder. You can only drink 8 to 16 ounces of beer each day to reap of these benefits. You can go on getting drunk each day to get the “health benefits” we talked about in here. It has to be a moderate consumption if not little. It’s not about quantity, you know.

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Drinking Beer – Part 1

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June 15 is National Beer Day in the United Kingdom, which appears to be an excellent excuse for anyone to enjoy 16 ounces of the amber nectar. I know it is far from June right now, but just for the topic’s sake. Did you know that a container of beer daily can be beneficial for you? A University in Pennsylvania directed research that happened a few years ago, with approximately 80,000 adult volunteers, have discovered that 16 ounces or two bottles of beer daily could help lessen the dangers of having a stroke or acquiring the cardiovascular diseases. Also, everyday consumption of a moderate amount of beer is proven to help slow the decrease of good cholesterol rather than not consuming a drink at all.

Truth be told, there are more astonishing advantages covering up in your half quart glass that you may not know. But always remember to control the amount of beer you are drinking.

Beer Lowers Your Risk Of Developing Kidney Stones.

A year ago, an examination proposed that the danger of having kidney stones diminishes with expanding the utilization of beer.

Dr. Tero Hirvonen, a Finnish researcher from the National Public Health Institute of Helsinki, utilized their investigation of 27,000 middle-aged men to infer that “each container of beer taken every day was evaluated to diminish risk by about 40 percent”.

Also, Dr. Hirvonen noticed that both water and liquor found in brew appeared to increase the excretion of liquid body waste and dilute urine. Alcohol could also make the discharge of calcium higher, which is said to be the main component of kidney stones.

Beer Delays The Onset Of Heart Attack

A research conducted by a team from Pennsylvania discovered that dark beer can could diminish the occurrence of cardiovascular failures.

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Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque (fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood) builds up inside your arteries. Dr. Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor and lead creator on a recent report, discovered that beer could cut the danger of Atherosclerosis by 50%.

Beer Decreases Your Chances Of Having A Stroke. 

Studies have manifested that in contrast with people who do not intake beer, individuals who intake reasonable measures can cut their possibilities of strokes by up to a 50pc.

The most common type of stroke, Ischemic stroke, happens like this: the blood clots, and it will hinder passage from artery to brain. But, the bloodstream improves significantly, and arteries become flexible with the help of beer. Thus, no blood coagulations would exist, and your possibility of having a stroke decreases.

Beer Keeps Your Bones Strong And Sturdy.

Beer is known to contain significant levels of silicon, a component that advances bone development.

However, studies from Tufts University in Massachusetts have found that a couple of glasses of beer daily could fundamentally diminish your danger of cracking bones, but exceeding that amount would raise the risk of breakages.

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Be mindful of the amount of beer you intake, especially when entering a bar. You might end up being drunk, lose balance, and result in fractures due to weakened bones.

There are more surprising benefits of beer drinking, which will be discussed next week. But in all honesty, this article is not saying that you have to consume alcohol every day. The dangers of it becoming in addiction are imminent, more so if you cannot control the intake.

Anyway, for sport, more benefits are coming up next week!

The Right Amount When Drinking – Is There Such A Thing?

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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 Realm

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.

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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.

Guidelines

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.  

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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!

When Alcohol And Stress Collide

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Life in modern civilization can be very stressful. So much in contemporary society can cause individuals to feel excitement, anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness. Being exposed to extreme temperatures, illness, or injury can lead to physical stress. Fear, depression, or grief can lead to psychological stress.

The body has an extensive and complicated process of dealing with dangerous or harmful situations caused by stress. The body attempts to maintain homeostasis or a physiological balance.

Whenever the body undergoes stress, specific behavioral and physiological changes are mobilized through the endocrine and nervous systems. These changes aim to maintain homeostasis and to cope with stress.

“Rooted in a belief that we can’t handle how we are feeling, believing our anxiety is dangerous just might be the most damaging approach we can take to coping with it.” –Alicia H. Clark, PsyD.

Unfortunately, many individuals deal with stressful situations by turning to alcohol. However, alcohol can have a stressful effect on the physiological balance of the body.

Research studies have shown that alcohol has adverse physiological and psychological effects on the body. Research studies have also shown that alcohol may increase the symptoms of stress.

Alcohol may provide temporary relief such as relaxation and a positive feeling. However, heavy consumption of alcohol may cause psychological and medical problems.

How Alcohol Affects Stress

An individual’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system maintains the physiological balance of their body. However, the presence of alcohol places the body at an increased risk of harm.

More massive amounts of cortisol are released due to the presence of alcohol. This alters the chemistry of the brain. It resets what the body treats as the average physiological balance. The body’s hormonal balance is shifted by alcohol. It modifies how the body sees stress and how the body reacts to stress.

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The body is prevented by alcohol from going back to its original hormonal balance. The body then experiences allostasis wherein a new level of physiological functioning is set in the body.

The creation of a new hormonal balance in the body causes the body to deteriorate. It also makes serious diseases such as alcoholism more likely to occur.

“Alcoholism is a complex disease, which has been misunderstood and stigmatized.” –Cynthia Mascott, LMHC

Studies indicate that cortisol interacts with the pleasure or reward system of the brain. This contributes to the reinforcing effects of alcohol. This, in turn, forces drinkers to drink more to obtain the same result.

Cortisol promotes habit-based learning. This increases the risk of an individual turning into a habitual drinker. It also increases the risk of recovering alcoholic relapsing.

Researchers have found a connection between cortisol and the onset of metabolic disorders. They also found a link between cortisol and the emergence of psychiatric disorders like depression.

How Stress Affects Recovery From Alcoholism

Studies have shown that very stressed people would drink more alcohol. And the effect of stress on the individual can continue even after that individual gives up drinking. A correlation has been found between alcohol withdrawal symptoms and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system, which handles the body’s stress response.

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Many recovering alcoholics would start drinking again to ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Researchers are, therefore, attempting to come up with medications that will bring back balance to the stress-response system of the body to ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. This will help prevent recovering alcoholics from relapsing.

“The term “alcoholic” places the problem within the person, not within the nature of the drug.” –Sara Nash, PhD, LMHC

Research into the connection between alcohol and stress can assist medical professionals and healthcare providers. They can use the research findings to identify which of their patients are at greatest risk of relapsing during early alcohol recovery. The research can also assist patients to handle the way stress motivates them to drink.

How Too Much Alcohol Destroys Your Body And Mind – Ask A Doctor And Psychologist

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There is nothing wrong with a glass of wine for dinner or having a great time with your friends and a few beers. This is tolerable, but the problem is that alcohol slowly affects our whole body, we may not see changes, but eventually, there will be – you can ask your doctor and psychologist about it.

Continue reading “How Too Much Alcohol Destroys Your Body And Mind – Ask A Doctor And Psychologist”

How To Pack For An Oktoberfest Trip According To A Therapist

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One does not have be a licensed therapist to realize that attending the Oktoberfest in Germany seems to be the highlight of the year of everyone in and out of that country. After all, the festival does not merely allow you to have fun, get drunk, and meet new people (not specifically in that order). For 16 to 18 days, you get to listen to fresh and famous artists perform their hit songs and make the place livelier. Not to mention, the organizers tend to invite singers and bands from all over the world; that’s why you can listen to a variety of music while trying different alcoholic beverages.

Although there are tents set up across the field where Oktoberfest gets help, there is no doubt that it is an outdoor event. The upside of it is that you can breathe in natural air, let the music reach your ears without breaking your eardrums, and watch the moon replace the sun when you stay there until nighttime. You can also see tens of thousands of individuals dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes frolicking around and having the time of their lives. Nonetheless, it is not a secret either that the rain can pour anytime, and the tents prepared may not be able to provide shelter for all the attendees. Thus, if you are a little slow, you might end up soaked to the bones, which may make you susceptible to diseases and even prevent you from seeing the festival through to the end.

Considering you do not want natural phenomena to ruin your enjoyment or, worse, traumatize you from going back next year to attend the Oktoberfest, here are some things you should do.

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1. Take What You Must

The reality of going to this festival is that there are not a lot of rules in place regarding what the visitors can or cannot bring. Of course, it’s a no-brainer to avoid packing guns, knives, and other deadly weapons because such items are banned in any occasion. Even with a table booked in a tent, you do not need to bring chips or lunch since the foods you can buy there are so delicious that you might regret not getting a taste of any of them.

A few things you should not forget are a change of clothes (you may get sweaty there), umbrella (in case the sun’s too hot, or the rain comes), camera (to capture the best moments and exciting activities), and a lot of euros.

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2. Try Not To Bring A Huge Luggage

Here is a likely scenario that you may find yourself in when you attend Oktoberfest: As soon as you arrive at the entrance of the festival’s location, you will already see thousands of people swarming the entire place. There is no need to use brute force to muscle your way in, but everyone will practically be in each other’s personal space due to the vastness of the crowd.
For this reason, you should never consider taking a large suitcase with you, which can: 1) make folks trip over, and 2) keep you from having fun without worrying about your belongings. This is when you should opt for the smallest backpack (with 3-liter capacity at max) in your closet instead of a fancy purse as well. After all, you won’t be there to model your bag; you merely need something to hold your stuff without getting in the way.

With this kind of rucksack, you can hang it on your shoulders, and not on your arms. So, when you suddenly pump your fist in the air or toast your large glass of beer with friends or random strangers, you need not worry afterward if your bag hits someone in the head or causes a drunk person to fall on their face.

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3. Before You Choose Your Outfit, Check Out The Weather Forecast

As mentioned above, Oktoberfest is the kind of festival in which everyone is encouraged to dress up like the Bavarians in the olden times. After all, before the event became a hit for individuals who love to drink, it was a cultural thing for the locals first. That’s why the organizers still prepare a grand parade, horse race, and other activities in the span of 16 to 18 days.

Still, the weather will determine what type of clothes you should wear. If the forecast says it will be sunny all day long – and you will most likely be drinking till you drop, it is best to put on comfortable clothes. E.g., a loose shirt, dress, pants, sneakers, or sandals. If, however, you have gathered that it will rain on the day when you’re scheduled to join the festivities, take a raincoat and be in clothes that you will not feel sad seeing muddy or soaked. Then, waders and rubber boots can be the better choices for shoes so that your feet will stay dry.

Once you remember the three tips mentioned above, you will undoubtedly be able to enjoy going to Oktoberfest. Cheers!