Why too many Margueritas is not such a good idea

Well folks I am not so sure that this is the way to cultivate traffic to my blog but I am going to be brave about sharing what I consider good information about safe drinking and eating.
All inclusives allow us to satisfy our greed and indulge in drinking alcohol in quantities which are harmful. We all know that overeating and alcohol in excess is bad for our health but it seems to me that the ones who should be putting on the breaks on as far as gorging is concerned and drinking less are the very ones who over indulge.
Too many Canadians are very overweight and I am sorry to say it but they eat as if it is a national sport and the same is true of US Americans. Europeans do a little better.
So how can we improve?
It is a very simple conscious act of the will to make a deliberate change but for the majority of people execution fails.
1.Shopping: if you put it in your cart it will find its way home and is likely to get eaten or if it is alcohol you are very likely to drink it. Shop the way you are going to eat. If you have heart disease and diabetes pop and Blackforest ham is not for you and neither are alcoholic beverages
2 Alcohol contains a lot of calories and lacks micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals(Except Red Wine which is high in iron and bad for folk with haemochromatosis an excessive iron storage problem).
3 Alcohol is associated with a huge healthcare burden of cost. In my past experience as an ER doctor a third of visits were directly related to the use of alcohol. The youngest an 11 year old girl who drank a bottle of Vodka.
4 Alcohol impairs judgment causing accidents including unintended pregnancies. Motor vehicle accidents frequently involve innocent victims.
5 Alcohol is associated with aggression, violence and addiction. Alcohol impaired individuals are far more likely to commit an act of violence than a schizophrenic.
6 Consistent excessive consumption causes cirrhosis of the liver
7 Binge drinking can cause pancreatitis which can be fatal and is associated with lifelong consequences. I have seen one case of this following a holiday to Mexico at an all inclusive.
8 Drinking in women is much more dangerous than for men. Ladies listen please. Liver damage occurs more easily and mental function is more quickly impaired. Regular alcohol consumption in women is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
9 Alcohol increases the risk of osteoporosis : thinning of the bones in men and women.
10 Alcohol can cause severe gastritis which can cause life threatening bleeding in the upper gut.
I belong to the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group here in Mexico. Many well known writers have suffered ill health from alcohol. Being a writer can be a very solitary, depressing occupation but drinking actually worsens depression. The wonderfully talented Dylan Thomas died prematurely in New York following the consumption of an enormous amount of alcohol.
Enough said. If you want to drink keep it to one drink. If you know you are a binge drinker you should NEVER drink at all!
Have a Happy Healthy Holiday!


About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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