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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Care for a little w(h)ine with your MS?

Any time we do not feel well is a cause for depression, isn't it? We just don't like to be feel yucky and it is so very easy to allow negtivity to creep in and dictate how we deal with it. Multiple Sclerosis is for sure an illness that invites those negative thoughts to invade and take up residence in our minds and bodies.

But MS should not dictate little pleasures that life throws us. For many of us alcohol consumption is not a priority or even an issue; but there are those folks who feel that drinking a few questionable beverages can do not harm. I mean, we already stumble, sway and slur through our daily  business, why not add a visible reason for our "inebriation"? At least an alcohol level is understandable to the rest of the world that does not understand MS.

Boy-oh-boy, that's an ironic statement if I ever made one. There is nothing understandable about MS. Why am I able to walk well enough to hold a full-time job when my younger friend is confined to wheel chair? Why is another friend's brother now paralyzed because of his MS? Why does MS control the constant fluxuation of my vision but yet I can still see when another MS friend of mine goes through months of blindness. A glass of chardonnay or a mug of Killian will not cure our disease, but it certainly won't hurt.

If we use common sense about alcohol consumption there is no reason why those of us with MS can't enjoy alittle drinky every now and then. In my experience a drink or two does not worsen my symptoms. My balance is poor whether I drink a beer or not. I love good wine and have found that a glass in the evening helps keep me "regular" and helps me relax into a good night's sleep. You could argue that I am making excuses for drinking, but I  hope not. I really do know my limits and have come to realize that my MS will not accelerate because I support my local winery.

I am not advocating the use of alsoholic beverages and do not condone excessive consumption of any mood or behavior altering substance. These are simply my thoughts on the subject.

For a more professional insight, please visit these websites:

http://www.healthcentral.com/multiple-sclerosis/c/73302/82005/alcoholhttp://www.mdlinx.com/neurology/news-article.cfm/5041566/alcohol-multiple-sclerosis
http://www.healthcentral.com/multiple-sclerosis/c/73302/82005/alcoholhttp://ezinearticles.com/?MS-and-Alcohol-Consumption---Can-I-Still-Have-a-Drink-Or-Two?&id=
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