Drink To Live Longer: Tracking Alcohol Consumption
This is a post to accompany a talk I gave at the Quantified Self Conference & Expo 2015 in San Francisco.
It started with a segment I saw on 60 Minutes about how alcohol is connected to longevity, which seemed odd. But according to a 20-year study, people who drink alcohol tend to live longer than those who don’t.
So it got me thinking, and this is the talk where I shared a couple great new health habits and tracking tools I discovered during my 8-month project.
DRINK TO LIVE LONGER: TRACKING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
I’m tracking my consumption and exploring the scenarios affecting my physical performance, my weight, body fat, pH levels, and most importantly, my sleep.
- What did I track?
- How did I track it?
- What did I learn?
The biggest learning from the project was about water consumption. When I was growing up, my grandmother always said I drank a lot of water, so I never thought about it. I assumed I drank enough water, but I sure didn’t.
I wasn’t staying hydrated and definitely wasn’t staying hydrated enough when consuming alcohol. I now use the app WaterMinder to ensure I am staying hydrated. I also started adding a lemon to my water to balance out any acidity in my body.
Whether this is going to help me live longer is impossible to say, but I sure did have fun with this project and having the opportunity to talk about quantified self with everyone I was sharing a drink with.
These are the tools I used for my project:
This is a list of additional articles I saved during my research for this project:
- 60 Minutes: Living to 90 & Beyond
- The Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy
- Even More Evidence for the Health Benefits of Drinking
- Not drinking enough water has same effect as drink driving
- How to Maintain pH Balance in the Body | Acidic vs. Alkaline Foods
- The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood
- Countries That Drink The Most
- Our Early Ancestors Evolved the Ability to Process Alcohol 10 Million Years Ago
- Majority in U.S. Drink gallop
- Barack Obama wants a bourbon with Mitch McConnell
View the entire eight-minute Ignite format (auto-advancing slide) talk from the Quantified Self 2015 Conference & Expo on Vimeo:
Glen Lubbert is an entrepreneur based in San Francisco and has been using technology to help us live longer, healthier, happier, and more productive lives for nearly 20 years.