Nearly there, the annual event that is Christmas day is almost upon us.
The anticipation, the teary eyes, the wanting, hoping, the watching for Santa Claus, not forgetting that the children are probably quite excited too!
I like Christmas day but for me Christmas Eve has a special kind of magic about it. I’m not sure what it is, but the atmosphere just seems quietly calm, a stillness that can be sensed but not necessarily explained, and a chance to embrace some genuine respite from an increasingly mad world.
However, some will attempt to enhance and expand on those feelings by drinking alcohol. Many will fall for the illusion that they can definitely, absolutely and without doubt control their alcohol intake. They will set out with the intention of having ‘one or two’ and they will end up drinking more than they can remember.
Simple, alcohol is a mind altering drug and the clue is in the description. An alcohol free mind deciding to have one drink will be making a clear unaltered decision. A further decision will then be required as to whether to stop at one drink or have another. But the mind is in a different place compared to when the first decision was taken because it is now being influenced by alcohol.
There is no guarantee that the original decision will ‘feel’ the same when taking the second one when alcohol is involved. If you have ever set out with the intention of having a couple of drinks and ended up waking up wondering where you are and who on earth you are with you may now realise that you actually gave up your power of decision to alcohol after only one drink.
Unfortunately many a special Christmas day celebration has been ruined by the consequences of a drinking session the day before. The body will only dispose of alcohol at a rate of one unit per hour, there are no magic cures.
If you are serious about wanting to make the best of the holiday for you and for those around you, just give some thought as to what may happen to your plans and expectations if you unexpectedly and unintentionally lose control of your alcohol intake. It may have never happened to you before but that doesn’t mean that you are immune. You are human, so you are just as vulnerable to the unpredictable nature of alcohol interaction as anyone else.
Thank you for reading my blogs this year, I hope that you are about to have your best Christmas ever.