First of all, if you don’t watch American Grit Live, you’re wrong. We talk about a lot of things in 30 minutes on Mondays and Thursdays. This Monday, we talked about Sober October and making the personal choice to not drink alcohol for the entire month of October. If you participate in alternate methods of non-sobriety, you’re supposed to forego those as well. Charlotte and Mikey are participating, while John said he opts out this time (and that’s okay!).
So why should YOU consider it? Well, for starters – veterans, military, and drinking are usually pretty synonymous. A majority of the military community drinks and they drink a LOT. We have all taken those surveys throughout our career asking how many drinks we have at a time and how many nights a week. And I would be remissed in thinking that most people have not lied on said surveys.
On va.gov it states 1 in 10 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have a drinking problem and 1 in 3 veterans with a Substance Abuse Disorder also has PTSD. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines posted by health.gov, moderate drinking is considered “up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.”
Real talk- How many of you ACTUALLY stop at 1 or 2 drinks respectively? Next question- How many nights a week do you drink or partake in alternative habits? Last, can you honestly call your habits ‘healthy’?
This article is not to make anyone feel bad about themselves, on the contrary- we want people to be more aware. We know our personal habits are far from what would be considered healthy and every once in awhile, we have to put ourselves back in check. Afterall, it’s all about balance.
I, Charlotte, can honestly and openly tell you I have had issues with excessive drinking over the years. It is something I am attempting to diligently work on and ensure my habits are safer and healthier. I won’t get into too many personal details, but know that I have suffered many consequences and honestly, it’s just time to slow it down and look at what I am doing to my body.
There are many studies about the unhealthy effects of alcohol on the body and mind. If you think about it, doesn’t it correlate to things like PTSD rates and suicide rates, among a few other epidemics our community faces? You yourself can read some studies on alcohol.org, samhsa.gov or health.gov.
So, will you join some of us at Grunt Style for Sober October? Even if you choose not to participate in Sober October, we ask that you just have a little more awareness about your habits, whatever they are.
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