A month of not drinking during the week is:
- cheaper. Although all that sober time to fill at home in the evenings has lead to A LOT of internet shopping, so let’s call that one about even.
- healthier. I desperately want to find a better phrase than ‘making good food choices’ but that’s exactly what I do when I am neither drunk nor hungover for at least 4/7ths of the week.
- thirstier. When Friday comes around, I am GAGGING for a pint. By around Thursday lunchtime I can almost feel it slipping its cool, crisp, delicious way down the back of my throat. I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon. In but a few hours, I will be running to the bar like a hyperactive jack russell let off the leash. I know this sounds mental but it’s sort of nice to remember what it’s like to REALLY look forward to a drink.
- shorter. Than I expected it to be. It’s February next week and it hasn’t really felt like that much of a hardship, so (apart from my birthday obvs) I think I’m just going to carry on without making a fuss about it.
However, a month of not drinking during the week is also:
- no cleverer. Ability to remember words has NOT improved. Either slipping linguistic grasp is due merely to increasing age or those brain cells really don’t grow back. Shit.
- no earlier. The alarm clock is still not my friend. And I SWEAR getting up is a little bit harder because, to quote Frank Sinatra, that really IS the best I’m going to feel all day.*
- less social. I’m sorry, I just can’t face going to the pub if I’m not going to drink. And frankly all this concentrating on drinking less is taking loads of energy, so I just don’t have the strength to organise any non-drinking-based socialising during the week. If not drinking isn’t the best possible excuse to go home, burrow into the sofa, and watch back to back episodes of mixed quality American drama box sets, I just CAN’T EVEN.
- less aesthetically pleasing. I have SO little material for instagram, I had to post a selfie earlier. And yeah, yeah, my skin’s looking pretty good, my eyes are less puffy, and I’ve definitely lost a couple of pounds but frankly, if I don’t have a constant stream of glasses, bottles, cocktails and cool bar shots to put on my social media, WHAT IS THE POINT OF LIFE?**
None of this will be news to the vast majority of properly grown-up sensible adults who I’m convinced behave like this all the time. But I’ll bet they don’t work in the drinks trade, so bully for them.
*For the sake of accuracy, this may also have been said by Dean Martin, the internet can’t decide. See? Drinking less has also made me MORE CONSCIENTIOUS.
**Instagram’s actually looking alright, thanks to some pretty great weekends. Follow me over here: http://instagram.com/boozeismymuse