Today I’m feeling sad because I have come to realise an important truth – I need to quit the booze.
I don’t want to quit drinking because I love it so much. Not in a stumble around and slur my words kinda way but a ‘OMG my kids have driven me to insanity today, pass me the wine!’ kinda way.
Unfortunately the realisation has struck that alcohol and I are not friends. Particularly white wine.
Last year I quit drinking from March and didn’t take it up again until November. Let’s face it though, quitting in winter isn’t that hard! In summer when the sun is shining and all you want is a cold beverage, the kids are refusing to go to sleep because it’s too light and you’re hot and at the end of your tether … well, that is a whole other story!
Before I had my boys I never noticed any adverse effects to drinking alcohol but in the last couple of years I have noticed that the after effects of drinking for me (especially white wine as I said above!) are not pleasant. Not in a headachy, hung over kinda way but in a mood altering kinda way.
In a nutshell, drinking white wine in the moment is great but over the next few days I will be exhausted, have a really short temper, be irritable as hell and feel a bit down and out. Kinda like having a daily dose of bad PMS without the period! I did some research and found that white wine is actually notably known for altering a women’s mood. Why?
Science suggests that the presence of sulphites in white wine can be what’s causing the mood swings. Sulphites, popularly known as ‘drinking blues’, include sulphur dioxide and salts from sulphuric acid. While sulphites are naturally found in grapes, small amounts of sulphur are added prior to fermentation, as a preservative, to keep the freshness and remove unwanted yeasts and bacteria. And clear wines like white wine require more preservatives than dark wines.
(Quote taken from From Tears to Tantrums: Why Does White Wine Leave Women Feeling Depressed?)
Sulphites have been tied to depression, the post drinking ‘blues’ and even anxiety. So basically, your daily tipple could be the contributing factor to the reason you sometimes feel like you’re an emotional mess even though you have no reason to be. Depressing in itself right?
It’s also easy to forget that alcohol is actually a depressant.
If this sounds like you and you’re having a sudden lightbulb moment of ‘OMG, so THAT is why I’m sometimes a moody mess!’ then you can read more about here.
And it friggin sucks! There is nothing better than coming home from a crazy day at work and popping a cold Corona or pouring an ice cold glass of Riesling! But alas, I know this is not good for me for all of the reasons noted above. Beer isn’t as bad as wine but it still makes me feel exhausted.
Obviously we don’t always quit the things we know aren’t good for us (hello chocolate!) but in this case, sadly I must tip the wine and give it up (except for special occassions obviously or dinners out – I’m not a martyr!). I’m pretty sure it might help curb my weight gain too which is getting a bit out of hand because wine = lazy grumpy Haidee = no exercise. It’s a vicious cycle!
Can you drink alcohol with no adverse effects? Have you noticed it effects you differently as you get older? Do you drink much?
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