By Julie Snelgrove, Nursery Nurse, Somerset, UK
A little while ago on my facebook newsfeed there was an article titled:
“Alcohol is a direct cause of seven forms of cancer, finds study” The Guardian. 22 July, 20161
“There is now enough credible evidence to say conclusively that drinking is a direct cause of the disease…”
One of the cancers mentioned was Breast Cancer. I was interested in what was being said as a few years ago I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), which is a pre-breast cancer condition that is treated in the same way as breast cancer. The question that came to mind was “Ok it’s good these links are being made as we need to know this, but isn’t the next and real question: ‘Why do we choose to drink alcohol in the first place’?” Are we not short changing ourselves when we simply read and take on only what these studies say, rather than coming back to what our bodies have been telling us for a long time?
So ok, I can be responsible, and listen to what the research tells us and choose to not drink alcohol, but does this mean I change any other behaviours in my life?
Do I look at my stress levels?
My emotional state?
The quality of my relationships?
Does it mean I will then deeply care for myself?
It might be we then actually eat more to numb ourselves, drink other stimulating drinks or eat more sugar. I know when I stopped alcohol I found other ways to bring stimulation and numbness to my body just as alcohol used to. There was no self-responsibility present in my life to look any deeper.