Sobriety and an alcohol dependent society.

It’s been a long few months. There’s no point denying it.

Today is aiming to be the third consecutive day without beer

When I say that it’s been 2 days since I last had a beer, people laugh like I’m overplaying something, but if you look at the facts, it honestly isn’t something to ignore. Three consecutive weekends away in France, Vienna & Bournemouth, each more drink fuelled than the last. I can’t name the last time I went two days without beer & subsequently the last time I was this sober.

Now before anyone makes a suggestion, let’s set the facts straight, I am NOT an alcoholic. I don’t feel a craving the second I wake to drink heavily. Frank Skinner the Comedian, for example, used to wake & then drink a bottle of whatever spirit he could find. That’s not me.

What IS true however is that even the smallest drop of alcohol can affect the system. In a city like London where the entire culture is based around alcohol, you really are going to struggle not to drink. I know people who might have only 1 or 2 beers in a night, BUT they’ll do that every single night. At some point, they must surely realise that never fully sobering. It takes 1 hour for every unit to leave your system. So 2 bottles of 5% lager will take 10 hours. If you drink 6 or more pints, effectively you’re always topping up.

For my part, I feel a bit like Father Jack in the TV Sitcom “Father Ted” when the last of the alcohol leaves his system & he states “Oh God, tell me I’m not still on that bloody island!”

I seem to have woken this morning to a quite frankly disgusting bedroom, brought on by weeks (months?) of neglect & a suit jacket bought a few weeks ago with insanely long sleeves.

Not quite sure it ended up this way, but it’s time to sort things out.

About T.Bonney

Northerner with a penchant for optimism and self-deprecating humour. London based for 14+ years now and still love it most of the time. Philosophical, film fan with tastes for beer, rugby, reading and more.

Posted on 06/06/2012, in 2012. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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