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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Drink less

Call it "The Goldilocks Principle": Too little, too much, or just right?

As applied to drinking, I guess there's no such thing as "too little": not drinking at all, or having a beer or two a year, can't be bad.

"Just right"? Sort of subjective, I guess.

How about "too much"? Aha.

If alcohol has caused you to miss work, or damage a relationship, or have health problems, then you know you have a problem.

But there are others, called "functional alcoholics," who are harder to detect. There are lots of online assessments you can take (the one by A.A. is particularly good--Google it), but here are a few other indications that I like, found on

  • In your 30s or older, you still drink like you did in college
  • You have a high tolerance for alcohol (you can "hold your liquor")
  • You're always the first one to say "Let's have a drink"
  • Drinking is a focal point in your life
  • You frequently joke about drinking too much
  • You're starting to see minor problems arising from your drinking

And of course the old classic: You drink alone.

If any of these is true, drink less.

In fact, if you drink at all, it wouldn't hurt to drink less. Or quit altogether.

You'll be happier.

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