When you’re looking to level up in your life, one topic that often comes up is your relationship with alcohol. Whether you’re planning to detox or reflect on your drinking habits, there’s this thing called ‘grey area drinking’ that you should know about. It might just help you get things into perspective.

What is Grey Area Drinking?

The term refers to the space between occasional drinking and reaching the point of addiction. It exists on a scale from one to ten, where occasional drinkers rank low and those with a severe dependency on alcohol rank high.

The Rising Trend

Grey area drinking is on the rise, especially among young women. Research indicates that alcohol use disorder has increased by over 80% in women over the past 30 years. Unfortunately, the lack of clear clinical criteria leaves little support available for those falling into this potentially harmful category of alcohol consumption.

What are the Causes?

Grey area drinking is influenced by various factors, including the normalization of everyday drinking and the emergence of ‘mummy wine culture.’ The promotion of alcohol as a stress-relief tool for mothers, especially on social media, has contributed to the escalation of alcohol consumption among women.

Identifying Grey Area Drinking

Not sure if you fall into the grey area drinker category? Here are some telltale signs:

– Consuming more than the recommended weekly limit of 14 units for women.
– Setting rules about drinking but frequently breaking them.
– Secretly worrying about drinking and experiencing regret afterward.
– Using alcohol as a coping strategy for various adversities.
– Living with constant internal chatter about alcohol without external signs of a problem.

Taking Steps Toward Change

To address grey area drinking, it’s important to reflect on your weekly alcohol consumption and identify healthier alternatives for stress relief. You can familiarize yourself with alcohol units, cut down on consumption, and explore activities like yoga or meditation as alternatives to drinking. Keeping a social calendar filled with alcohol-free events can also be a helpful step in curbing excessive drinking.

Life can be a bit of a rollercoaster, right? And amid all that excitement, it’s easy to find ourselves in some fuzzy spots, especially when it comes to drinking. So, whether you’re planning a booze-free get-together or finding your zen through some quiet time, here’s to living our best lives, one mindful choice at a time.