Alcohol is often referred to as the fourth macronutrient - along with protein, carbohydrate and fat. It provides 7 calories per gram, and most drinks will contain over 100 calories.
However, alcohol is not required in our diet no matter what we tell ourselves. It is in fact a toxin, and a marvellously marketed one at that. But it can be fun, and for some the pros of alcohol consumption can outweigh the cons.
People drink, even Jesus drank. The recommendations are 1-2 drinks a day, or 11-17 drinks a week and unfortunately unlike money we can’t save them up to use them at once.
People often mistakenly believe their consumption falls under at the moderate end of the spectrum and actually drink excessively or to get drunk - including myself (although I’m currently not drinking). We could gloss over this and ignore it but that just wouldn’t make sense or provide any value to the people I know who use alcohol in this way.
There is a risk involved with a lot of things that are fun, take surfing or driving a car at high speeds for example - they can be exhilarating but have the potential for devastation.
We can’t eliminate these risks, but we can limit them. We can make smarter choices like where we surf or to wear our seat belt but the risks will still be there.
There are also tradeoffs we accept, whether consciously or not. Beginning to surf I need to accept that I’m going to suck, that paddling back out is going to be exhausting, that I’m going to make errors I don’t know I’m making and get incredibly frustrating.
The same is true of drinking. There are risks and tradeoffs associated with drinking, and as the dose and frequency increases so do the risks.
There will be some people that appear to be able to drink in whatever quantities and frequencies they like without any ill effects but they are an anomaly and most who appear to unfortunately are not being completely transparent. You have social media influencers who edit their pictures, take pictures with alcohol without drinking it, have surgery for cosmetic reasons, take drugs like clenbuterol to help stay lean and have some seriously disordered eating - they are anything but healthy.
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