Alcohol – Is it worth the syns?

Alcohol is probably the thing I struggle with most on my Slimming World journey. Anybody who knows me well knows that I love a glass of wine (or three!). It really saddens me that there are so many calories in it. 90% of my flab is related to my wine consumption. This makes me sound like an alcoholic but I’m not. I don’t drink during the week, or even every weekend. I do usually share a bottle of red with my husband on a Friday night, will drink wine or Prosecco when I go out and do enjoy regular Sunday afternoon drinking sessions with my mother-in-law.

Alcohol is a part of my lifestyle and until my diabetes diagnosis I was reluctant to give it up. The thing is I know it’s empty calories with loads of sugar so maybe now I need to consider it. There is no nutritional value in it and it only really leaves you with a hangover. On the other hand, I think I would struggle socially if I gave it up completely. The first question everybody would ask me would be if I’m pregnant. I don’t think I can be bothered to keep saying no. I can’t even say it isn’t vegan because all my friends and family now know what alcohol is vegan!

I like to drink wine and cider. It’s typical that my two favourite alcohols are also the highest in syns. A bottle of wine can be over 25 syns and lets be honest I could probably manage a whole bottle of wine (and more!) if I really wanted to! There are lower syn alcoholic drinks. A vodka and diet coke would only be 2.5 syns per drink, but I don’t really like spirits.

It has reached crunch time for me now and ultimately my health has to come first. With this in mind I haven’t had a drink since March 23rd 2019. I’m not saying I’ll give up alcohol for the rest of my life, but for now I’m going teetotal. Making sure diabetes doesn’t ruin my life is far more important than any glass of wine could ever be. So for me, at the moment, no, alcohol is not worth the syns.

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