Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Update

So, I managed to go 30 days without drinking and it was actually pretty easy. I decided to experiment after the month was over and I ordered a drink with a meal we had. It was my first glass of wine in a while, so I definitely had to drink it slowly. I noticed a buzz almost immediately. I enjoyed the drink and we went home and that was that. I have carved out some rules for myself, in an effort to drink moderately. Here they are:
  1. No alcohol in the house. The only time it is okay to break this rule is if we are hosting a dinner party or a get-together of sorts. And no "lingering" alcohol will be allowed.
  2. Two drink maximum when dining out. No exceptions.
  3. Multiple drinks are only acceptable if I am at a social event, like a party, concert,  or pub crawl (presumably with others who are consuming multiple drinks). I can assure you that this is a rare occurrence.
I have decided that if I can't adhere to these rules, then I am not allowed to drink at all. I've drawn a line in the sand. In addition to Booze Brain, I have The Chaperon, who is more or less a disciplinarian, laying down the drinking law.

Here is a log of the drinks I have had since March 11th:

Dinner Out: 1
Dinner Out: 1
Dinner Out: 1
Dinner Out: 2
Dinner Out: 2
Dinner Out: 1
Dinner Out: 1
Dinner Out: 2
Dinner Out: 1
Concert: 2
Concert: 2
Dinner Out: 1

17 total in 23 days, which is .74 drinks per day. That is less than 1 drink per day, 5.5 drinks per week. I was drinking 3-4 glasses a day, resulting in 21-28 drinks per week. Wowzers.

On the days I do not drink, I don't really crave it. Coke Zero seems to do the trick and if I really want wine, I will buy the non-alcoholic kind. So, perhaps I am not an alcoholic, after all. I like these new rules and I enjoy having boundaries. With the attempts I have made in the past, I never actually enacted them. It's nice to know what's allowed and what isn't.