On the site this week, I did an article and video about what is drinking too much where I talked about the arbitrary ‘safe’ levels of alcohol consumption, depending on who you ask. The common theme is 2 units for a man per day, or 14 in a week and 1 unit for a woman or 7 units per week. It doesn’t take into account any factors like height, weight, age, health, etc.
In the end, we all have to decide what is too much.
We all have to make the decision: is any alcohol too much?
My Dad is out of hospital. It’s great to see him up and about. He’s a bit weak still, but improving every day. It’s early days yet, but he seems to want to change the way he’s living. No more alcohol, no more massive meals. I can only hope that he sticks with it. He has so much to gain by losing the crap in his life.
Watching The Short Term Effects of Alcohol is an Education
I went out with friends at the weekend, we went to a local indian restaurant. It was great food and great company. They’re all arsenal supporters, and we normally meet up once or twice a week in a local pub for the match and on occasion a bite to eat.
One of the lads has been living here for over 10 years. He’s been a regular at this Indian restaurant since it was first opened. Because he’s a regular, he get’s a free round of spirits at the end for himself and his wife. He gets a brandy and she gets a baileys, very generous measures as well. When the order came around, I was asked if I would like either, or a shot of something else.
My first thought was ‘drat’ – I’m turning down something free! … it’s the something for nothing mentality. As I watched them drinking the brandy though, I was so glad it wasn’t me. The same guy had tried to give up drink at the same time as me and hasn’t succeeded. He’s even forgotten that I don’t drink any more. The short-term effects of alcohol are different, depending on who’s drinking. My mate’s nose was getting red, his cheeks were flushing, he was beginning to slur his speech, everything I used to do (and more!).
When I make the comparisons, I realize that I was ten times as bad. I would’ve already been half scalded before I got to the restaurant. I would have added a few more beers to the bill at the end, and carried on into the evening – either staying out or drinking at home.
As it was, everyone stuck to the drink that came with the meal, adding no extras.
Watching other people drink is a great way of topping up on your conviction that alcohol is bad for you. It’s a great education. You can see alcohol for what it is. I wouldn’t advise anyone who’s just quit to deliberately put themselves with other people who are drinking. But if you have to be there, you might as well look at it the from the best perspective.