Alcohol has a devious nature, which is why it can be known as “spirits”. It sneaks up on us and causes problems without us realizing that we are spiraling down an unhealthy path. Ask yourself these questions: Does drinking result in behaviors that I would not otherwise engage in? Does drinking impact my daily health through hangovers, lack of motivation, weakened immunity, poor diet choices? Does drinking negatively effect my relationships? Do I feel agitated when I don’t drink? Does drinking get in the way of meeting my life’s responsibilities including work, family and self-care? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then alcohol has become a problem. If you’re still unsure try a sobriety test for 30 days and see how you fare and if this is unimaginable then try to limit your drinking to one glass per day or less if possible. Through restraint you will begin to understand the power that the alcohol has over you. As yogis we seek freedom: Freedom to do and freedom NOT to do. Alcohol can bring great enhancement to food and a celebratory night out, but as soon as we start reaching for it to manage stress or other emotional difficulties it begins to edge into our health and freewill.