Living a healthy life can be difficult, especially when it is a lot easier to “drive thru” for dinner and cope with stress by drinking. But, those unhealthy habits are obviously not recommended by any medical professional, as they can lead to illness, disease and dangerous behaviors like drinking and driving. One of the biggest goals we share is a desire to lose weight and be physically healthy, and while overindulgence in food is often to blame, we can lose weight and reduce the dangers on our roads simply by drinking responsibly.
The calorie content in our favorite alcoholic beverages adds up, and maybe faster than we realize. Not only are most drinks prepared with more than a standard serving of alcohol, but, the more we drink, the more we think it is okay to drink, and, the more we eat. To make matters worse, what we eat at a bar or party rarely falls into the range of “healthy” – fried foods, sugary desserts and large helpings of food keep us feeling less intoxicated, adding calories and the misconception we can keep drinking more alcohol. It is a recipe for disaster.
On nights like that, we’re also at risk for more than a disappointing number on a scale, we are also more likely to drink and drive. The alcohol and food combined make us feel full, sleepy and ready to head home, where we may be more intoxicated than the legal limit. Then, we risk a drunk driving conviction, ignition interlock installation, court worries and more.
Staying healthy is much more than a number on a scale, it is a lifestyle choice that includes responsible drinking. From the calorie consumption to the irresponsible decision to drive while intoxicated, one of the first steps we should take in living a healthy lifestyle is to truly examine how much alcohol we are drinking. From there, the right choices are much clearer, for our longevity and safety on the roads.