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  • Writer's pictureStacey Crescitelli

Is drinking the new smoking?


We used to consider smoking glamorous


Do you remember a time when smoking was considered glamorous and sophisticated? When lighting up a cigarette was the epitome of cool? It is hard to believe now, as we watch our grandparents, parents, and even ourselves and our peers suffer through emphysema, lung cancer, and other smoking-related diseases. But could history be repeating itself with another substance...ALCOHOL???


Just like smoking in the 60's and 70's, alcohol has long been glamorized in our culture. From movies and tv shows to advertisements and social media, we are bombarded with messages that equate alcohol with fun, relaxation, and social status. We're told that a glass of wine is the perfect way to unwind after a long day or that a cocktail is essential for a good time out with friends But behind the glitz and glamour lies a darker truth. 


While alcohol may seem harmless on the surface, the reality is far from it. Just like smoking, alcohol consumption is linked to a host of serious health issues, including liver disease, heart disease, seven types of cancer, and mental health disorders. And, just like smoking, the effects of alcohol can be insidious, creeping up on us over time until it's too late. 


We've all heard the saying, "Everything in moderation". But when it comes to alcohol, moderation can be elusive. (And, ahem, what exactly IS moderate drinking?). Excessive drinking not only takes a toll on our physical health (and appearance), but it can also be detrimental to our mental and emotional well-being. It can strain relationships, lead to financial problems, and contribute to a host of social issues, from violence to drunk driving accidents. 


So, what can we learn from the smoking epidemic of the past? How can we apply those lessons to our relationship with alcohol? It starts with changing the narrative - shifting away from glamorizing alcohol and toward promoting a culture of moderation, mindfulness, and freedom. It means being honest about the risks and consequences of excessive drinking and empowering individuals to make informed choices about their health and well-being. 


Just as we've seen a cultural shift away from smoking in recent decades, we are starting to see a similar shift in attitudes toward alcohol. More and more people are embracing a sober curious mindset, choosing instead to explore a life free from the shackles of alcohol. They are becoming aware of and seeking the improved health, happiness, and fulfillment that can come with getting curious about what role they allow alcohol to play in their lives. And just like quitting smoking, quitting drinking is not always easy, but the pay-offs are worth it!!! 


So, here's to raising a glass, a glass full of anything you love to drink that does not contain alcohol, in celebration of our commitment to our health, happiness, and freedom! Here's to breaking free from the chains of addiction, reclaiming our lives, and building a brighter future for ourselves and the generations that follow us. 

Let's learn from the mistakes of the past and forge a new path forward, one that prioritizes health, wellness, clarity and peace above all else. 


Best to you on your journey, 


Coach Stacey x



Smoking in the old days

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