Grey Area Drinking – What is it?

Somewhere between the extremes of rock bottom and the every-now-and-then-drinker. The elusive ability that Social drinker has, to have the odd glass of wine when out for a meal or one glass of champagne at a celebration, then nothing for weeks or possibly months.

Many Grey Area Drinkers have a good awareness of healthy living. They may eat a healthy balanced diet, exercise at the gym or classes, meditate, spend time in nature. Yet they drink over the recommended weekly units, often way more or binge drink possibly experiencing blackouts.

The spectrum of drinking behaviour is vast with many areas, this is the Grey Area of Drinking.

The List is Lengthy with the Outcome Always the Same

The rules get broken!

That one glass turns to more or the bottle to two. You pour that drink to mark the end of your day, to relax, switch off, as a reward, for ME time.

In the morning you promise yourself that today you will not drink. Your resolve is strong, only to waiver as mid-afternoon comes around and you can’t stop thinking about drinking, before you know it you have called into the shop or opened that bottle , poured that drink and got that glass in your hand.

None of your friends would see it as a problem. It is what they all do, so surely it is ok!?

So, it may not be obvious that your drinking is a problem to you and others would not think that either.

However, you have had enough of the hangovers, hangxiety, feeling sluggish with brain fog.

Have you wondered if you could feel better, be more productive, have more energy? Would your life be improved with less alcohol?

Every Grey Area Drinker I have had contact with, every quit lit book I have read, every alcohol-free podcast I have listened to have one thing in common. Everyone has stated since Outing the Alcohol they feel better than they have ever before on all levels physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. They are Happier, more productive, with more energy.

Statements such as “I am living as my true self”, “I feel this is who I should have always been” are common.

Government guidelines currently state:

You are safest not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week, to keep health risks to a low level.

If you do drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread this evenly over three days or more.

This is called “low” risk drinking rather than “safe” because there is no safe drinking level.

There is also evidence that regular drinking at high levels can make your mental health worse.

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