Sometimes, it’s near-impossible to know just how compatible alcohol and a healthy lifestyle actually are. After all, the advice seems to vary from year to year. Newspaper reports bring out old chestnuts, like a glass of red wine a day protecting us from various illnesses, and then the next day, they argue that total abstinence is the way forward. Generally, you’ll find that most practitioners of gay massage live by the rule that excessive drinking is not conducive to health and happiness. Most of them adhere to moderation. But what of the rest of us? Should we be quaffing from noon till night (unlikely), reining it in to a more reasonable handful of drinks a week, or forgoing it altogether? Let’s have a closer look at our drinking habits and see how we can perhaps streamline them so that drink can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle. After all, unless we actually have problems with addiction, there’s no need to embrace Monk-like abstemious living. It’s perfectly possible, surely, to enjoy a tipple without succumbing to binge-drinking and its hideous consequences – jaundice, gastric hernias, delirium tremens and the fits.
The trouble is that it’s easy for drinking to nibble away at our resolve, bit by bit, and without necessarily becoming true alcoholics, we could develop a habit that’s just a little too heavy for comfort. If this is you, then it’s no Herculean effort to bring your drinking back into submission, so that you’re in charge of it, rather than being its subject. Why not begin by telling yourself at the start of a night out that the intention is just to relax a bit, rather than get smashed? You’d be amazed at how powerful a little bit of self-talk can be. Setting some boundaries and limitations before you step out of the front door can pay dividends later on. Why not try a positive affirmation, saying to yourself in front of the mirror, ‘I will just have three drinks, relax, come home and go to bed?
Rehydrating between drinks is a frequently endorsed way of staying in the realm of ‘merry’, instead of pushing headlong into ‘hammered’. Alcohol is a diuretic and it can dry you out quite quickly if you’re not careful. You’ll be far fresher the next day if you keep downing water.
Upping your exercise commitments is another useful tool. As your fitness goes up, your drinking can go down, especially if you book an early-morning class. Knowing that you need to be at your best at, say, 7am, can stiffen your determination not to get utterly blotto. Perhaps a game of squash or a Pilates class will be the perfect way to begin the day and also keep your impulse control in a good state the night before. If exercise first thing is a bit much, then gay massage is a relaxing alternative and a lovely way of starting out on a positive note.