If you’ve been thinking about stopping drinking for a while, then I suspect you already know what alcohol is costing your physical and mental health.
You know the cost of being hungover… and the countless repercussions that has for you.
You’ve probably noticed the cost of buying booze as well. It’s an expensive habit.
But there’s one other hidden cost that you need to watch out for, especially this week… I explain all in today’s blog.
Drunk shopping is big business
One in six UK adults has made an online shopping purchase whilst drunk and not remembered until the parcel arrives, according to this study. In the US, 17% of Americans say they’ve been under the influence whilst online shopping. This poll found that they spent an average of $309 each – the equivalent of $14 billion over the last 12 months!
Alcohol amplifies our sense of lack
A lot of people think drinking will relieve them of negative feelings they have about themselves or their life. But often that doesn’t happen. When you’re drinking, you’re far more vulnerable to those Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, because it seems as if they’re going to fill a void. You want the buzz of purchasing a bargain, but – when you’re already buzzed from booze – you just end up with buyer’s remorse.
Cost on top of cost
Work out how much you’re spending on alcohol right now. It’s good to put a precise figure on this. Calculate the cost for a typical month – the number might just surprise you. Of course, what’s harder to quantify is the (sometimes not so) hidden cost drinking has on your quality of life, physical appearance, health, wellbeing, relationships and your ability to make the most of life. Alcohol affects every area. We’re only here for a short time… so why not make it a good time, by not drinking?