Habits make us..Everybody wants to lead a healthy life style but do you have the firm determination, sustainable action to maintain your health? How successful/unsuccessful, happy/unhappy, in-shape or out-of-shape you are? It is essentially the sum of your habits. Do not be upset; you can form good habits and improve your health. Every habit you have, good or bad, follows the same three steps in a pattern. First step is reminder or the trigger that initiate the behavior, followed by action you take i.e. routine and finally reward – the pleasure you derive from doing the behavior. Therefore, follow the 3 R’s of habit-change – intervention on one or more of reminder/routine/reward can disrupt your habit. It can be applied to get rid of alcohol and smoking.
Last year I spoke about exercise and nutrition. Today I will touch upon alcohol. Nearly 30 % of Indian men and 5% Indian women are regular users of alcohol. Its consumption has multitude of effects on physical, social, emotional, behavioral and financial spheres of an individual, family and society. The alcohol intake is linked to more than 60 health conditions and a variety of harmful effects ranging from brawl and accidents. One look around the globe reveals the impact of alcohol use and its downside. High-income countries have increased efforts to minimize these harmful effects. It is time that our society wakes up to this epidemic before many more lives are destroyed & families wiped out.
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