As a person living with HIV, I cannot tell you how many times I have read articles, research, and journals that emphasize how bad drinking alcohol can be for people living with HIV. Many of my doctors have told me that anything over one alcoholic drink per day can harm the body and mind. That means that you can only have a single 12 oz beer, a 5 oz pour of wine, or a 1.5 oz shot of liquor per day! I’m not sure about you, but my favorite bars and restaurants never follow the standard serving sizes when pouring my favorite draft beer or mixing my favorite cocktail.
So are we people living with HIV going to flip some switch and change our drinking habits overnight? It’s my experience that alcohol is here to stay unless we start to see some medical issues arise. We want to enjoy some beers when by the pool, have some drinks at the club, and enjoy that bottle of wine when on a date. Yet the question remains how we can have our cake and eat it too? While there is no way to make drinking alcohol completely safe, we can choose options to help us live a more typical lifestyle.
Drinking water between every alcoholic beverage, understanding the alcohol by volume per serving, setting a maximum drink limit for yourself, learning how to manage stress without alcohol, and taking a short break from drinking are great ways to lessen alcohol’s effects on the body. But, ultimately, it’s up to us as people living with HIV to know when to seek the advice of a medical professional. Yet, more than likely, these are things you already know about, so why create this blog category? Its creation is to explore drink recipes, reviews, and profiles with our health in mind.
With the holiday season already here, we can all use a drink to celebrate long-delayed gatherings, celebrations, and events. The only difference is that going forward, we can explore the world of drinks while thinking about what’s best for our health. Together we will discover ways to drink that are a little less bad for us, in hopes that we can enjoy life without having to overthink every aspect of living with HIV. Together we can appreciate that beer, wine, or liquor with the knowledge that we are in control of our health!
Salud, Prost, and Cheers,