The Holidays. The Divorce. The Dread.

This was the time of year when I tested my liver to its maximum capabilities. I flooded it with red wine flowing from fancy glasses, strong vodka disguised in a feminine pink Cosmo and goblets of craft beer. I don't even like beer. But at 2 a.m. for last call it was often my go-to selection for a nightcap. As if I needed one!

Alcohol flows through our culture as an accepted mainstream activity. The danger is that many of us get caught up in the addictive current and drown ourselves. The pain of an unwanted divorce and the anxiety about the holidays can be the perfect ingredients for abusing the alcohol that is a part of so many holiday celebrations.

Consider the benefits of taking a break from the booze through the New Year.

  • You'll have a sense of control during a time when you may feel like life is out of your control.
  • Empowering yourself with a personal challenge.
  • Physical, mental and emotional health improvement.
  • No hangovers, guilt or self-loathing.

It's hard to take an honest look at ourselves and our behaviors. We use or abuse substances for a reason; to relieve pain and discomfort. If you're willing to be honest with yourself . . .

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