As September is National Recovery Month — an initiative which aims to increase public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery — @thiscanadianmum‘s truthful demonstration serves as a timely lesson in recovery.
“This is all about dishonesty — and then honesty,” she says.
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Using a wine glass, gin jar, whiskey tumbler, and some water, @thiscanadianmum breaks down how quickly her alcohol consumption added up every night.
She begins her demonstration with a “hella big glass” of wine.
“What does that mean, ladies and gentlemen? It means you get up less, which means you feel like you’re drinking less, which means you’re once again lying to yourself,” she says.
With each glass, @thiscanadianmum measured out the serving sizes she would pour of each beverage:
Wine: 10 oz. (300 ml) per serving
Gin and tonic: 4.5 oz. (125 ml) per serving
Whiskey: 2.5 oz. (75 ml) per serving
According to the CDC, the recommended serving sizes for each beverage are:
Wine: 5oz. (150 ml) per serving
Gin and tonic: 1.5 oz. (45 ml) per serving
Whiskey: 1.5 oz. (45 ml) per serving
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However, @thiscanadianmum wasn’t drinking just one oversized serving of each beverage. She was drinking several glasses of each — putting her far over the recommended weekly amount.
“This is where it gets really sobering … no pun intended,” @thiscanadianmum said.
Using gin as an example, the mom explained how, if one of her oversized servings was already three times the recommended serving size, and she consumed about three glasses of gin a night, she was really consuming around nine glasses of gin a night.
According to the CDC, women are considered heavy drinkers if they consume 8+ servings per week; men, 14+ servings per week.
In @thiscanadianmum‘s case, she was consuming far beyond her weekly limit in just one night — putting her well into the heavy drinker category.
Now, the mom is encouraging everyone who watches her video to “be honest with themselves” by similarly measuring out their own serving sizes of alcohol, and then doing the math.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-days-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you.
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