Hand reaching for a glass of alcohol


Angie Szumlinski News

Okay, the world kept spinning through the COVID pandemic. We were locked down, many of us became ill, and some of those near and dear to us didn’t survive but we soldiered on. Sure, most people you talk to will tell you that they consumed more adult beverages than they normally would, but this is a no-judgment zone!

As we process what has occurred over the past 2.5 years, we truly do need to take a look at the changes in our lifestyles that may have a negative impact on our future health. The good news is that most of us hunkered down and cooked meals at home that were more nutritious than fast food. However, many of us also admit to exercising less and ignoring our personal health up to and including alcohol consumption.

Consider this. Heavy alcohol consumption has been associated with brain atrophy according to a study published in Nature. So, what is considered “heavy” alcohol consumption? As little as one to two drinks a day, whoa! If that doesn’t get your attention, I’m not sure what will! Take baby steps, look at what choices you are making and why, maybe you are bored and could spend time volunteering at your local senior center? How about a nice evening walk after dinner? Evaluate your lifestyle, and find productive ways to use your time and energy! Stay the course, stay informed and be well!