Yesterday, my status said that my next blog post would be the 6 reasons I should not drink. Of course, one would only write such a thing with a hangover.
If you’ve been seriously following this blog, you’d know that I sustained from alcohol for the month of August. I do that regularly and have gone 4 months + without a DROP. But it’s hard to do and September was not going to be a month to continue the dry spell.
Even so, I rarely get tipsy and drunk is not a word I associate with my drinking habits at all. And let me clarify my version of drunk.
To be drunk, to me means falling down, being loud, silly, getting naked in public, blacking out…..that kind of mess. The last time that happened, it was Christmas 2004. If you can prove me wrong, I challenge you.
But yes, the other night I was at a friend’s house for what was meant to be a very brief encounter. She offered me a beer and I said yes. Then another; it was delicious. Then, the wine came out.
The next thing I know it’s 11pm. I went home and straight to bed but woke a few hours later with a start. The effects of the alcohol were well and truly felt and a rush of regret passed through my mind, body and emotions.
On that note, here are my 6 reasons I should not drink:
6. The cocktail flu. Waking with a hangover was bad when I was young, and as I get older, the hangovers are often worse. This latest one was not massive as I did not get shit-faced wasted. But still..
5. Loss of priorities. How many times has one drink before dinner led to an entire evening being side-tracked? Just one for me lately, but.
4. Loss of control. I often intend to have one drink, just one end-of-day cold one. It almost always turns out to be 3.
3. Sinus issues. This could be my #1 reason but for now, it is not. It is always the reason I restrict booze for days, weeks and months at a time. Nasal polyps + alcohol = misery.
2. Bloat. Yup, I really dislike a bloated tummy but the more I drink, the bigger my gut gets.
1. Verbal diarrhoea. If you have issues with another person, do not consume alcohol and then try to get them off your chest. I hate the feeling of, “Oh no, why did I say that?” Wise not to disclose issues about your hubby to a new friend or to the partner of his co-worker either. Geeeeezz.
I have these reasons but for now, they will not stop me from enjoying a cold beer or sharing a crisp glass of white wine with a friend. I’m still trying out a new concept: moderation.
I’d love to hear some morning after tales of embarrassment and regret. I know you have some…..
September 25, 2012 at 1:13 am
I don’t drink anymore , but if you do it in moderation, it’s not that bad:)
September 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm
Thanks for reading Jon. Good on ya for giving up the drink. It’s hard to do especially when everyone in your “circle” drinks socially. I’m an on again, off again drinker. I’m here to enjoy my time on this planet and sometimes, that calls for a cold one!!! Have a great day!!
September 25, 2012 at 11:43 am
Moderation…is that a real word or just one that someone has made up? My gut doesn’t like alcohol, unfortunately I don’t agree with it. At the moment the gut is winning & I’m seriously considering (only considering at this point) a month off it in October. maybe. I rarely drink past the slurring word stage but you’re right- the hangovers get worse- like a long haul flight with no sleep & no duty free at the end.
September 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm
Yes, sometimes a think “moderation” is a dirty word that should not be said aloud. Start off slowly..give for a day, then 2, then a week, then a month. If you ease into it, it’s not so bad. And I suggest clearing your social calender if you are serious. The worst thing is being around other people drinking when you’re on the wagon. Once you’re accustomed to it, you will be able to say ‘no thanks’ with confidence. Another tip: Never, never, ever start any kind of “restriction” during the Christmas season. That’s why I usually do it in Oct/Nov/early Dec so by the time Christmas eve comes, I’m good to go!! Then, along with millions of other people around the world, January 1 is D-Day. Good luck!