Drink Know How or Know Not How?

April 2, 2015

I’ve got an issue with alcohol.  Or a more correct statement, alcohol has an issue with me.

I’m increasingly aware that it only takes one stint and a few drinks escalates into a night ending on the toilet floor, trying to fill in the blanks.

So not good.


I’m not a big drinker & I think that’s part of the problem.  More than one or two & I’m moving into dangerous territory.  It seems as I’m getting older that it’s becoming easier for me to fall into the fog, harder to remember, and seedier the next day.

Which is all fine of course, when you’re 24 & able to basically sleep with your eyes open at your desk at your 9-5 desk job the next day.  Not so fine when you have to feed, nurture & generally care for 2 small children.  Being bedridden is just not acceptable.  And Play School is so not good for your headache.

We all know the risks associated with alcohol.  The average West Australian drinks 12 litres of pure alcohol a year – that’s over 43 bottles of vodka each!!!  And 2 litres over the national average I might add.  You can’t deny it, alcohol has many horrible effects on your health.

But worse still is the person that too much alcohol makes you become.  The terrible secrets you willingly give away to the wrong people, the unnecessary dirty dancing at weddings, the spiteful thoughts you vowed never to say out loud.  The remorse the next day.  It’s worse than the headache!

Even our Aussie cricket team are feeling the heat after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup for offering to “have a drink” with everyone at the MCG & pouring perfectly good Champers on their heads.  Good role models?  It’s not just our sporting heroes, it’s us at home too.

We’ve all had a giggle over the kid in class who wrote for news that Daddy went to the pub on the weekend & came home funny.  Even my Ms Oaks drew a family portrait in Year 1 with Mummy holding a glass of red.  Good Lord!  This isn’t the message we want to send is it?  But it’s hard to stop.

So what to do?  Go outright cold turkey?  No vino with the Hubby in front of the TV at the end of a long day?  What about just the occasional drink with the girls?  Make a water or soft drink your every second drink?  Just don’t go out????

I’m pretty sure I could go cold turkey & not drink alcohol at all, maybe do a dry April?  Or just put a two drink cap on any partaking?  What do you think?  What is the answer to not getting carried away with your booze??

(By the way, Ms Oaks would like to stress that the person holding the wine glass in her picture is actually Granny, not me, which makes me feel a lot better – sorry Granny!)

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