This week I received results of my annual physical checkup from my family doctor. In general terms I am in a good physical condition, but there are two negative results that have started to worry me and have made me reexamine my daily habits. One of them was rather expected - blood pressure - but this time it passed the stage of prehypertension and reached the level of hypertension. The other was totally unexpected; I was told that I have a high level of triglycerides for the first time. I have been aware of blood pressure but have neither thought nor even heard about triglycerides and their possible effects on our body.
My family doctor gave me two separate lists of recommendations I can implement in my daily life to lower the level of blood pressure and triglycerides. I have found that actually I have already been following all of them except for one - consumption of alcohol. Also considering the fact that my level of uric acid is rather high, I have come to a conclusion that my heavy consumption of alcohol is the main cause for my and high level of triglycerides. And in the past year I drank much more both in quantity and in frequency.
Since I received these two rather worrying results, I have been asking myself what made me drink more alcohol than before. I can think of two factors: at least two kinds of work-related stress, and frustration and dissatisfaction with the society where I live now. I am ashamed to admit that I drank alcohol partly in order to escape from these negative emotions at least temporarily, though I also drink simply because I like the taste of wine and beer and they can enhance meals, especially festive ones.
But this time I have no choice but to stop drinking alcohol at least on weekdays. On Sabbaths and Jewish holidays I will allow myself to continue drinking but I will reduce the quantity of wine I consume. This new year can be a good opportunity to carry out this resolution as being on sabbatical means that I will be free from work-related stress. But I also have to find healthier ways to cope with this stress and other negative emotions than drinking alcohol and in addition to daily running and swimming.